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Once again the question of who is sovereign created problems for the colonies England produced a series of acts as a response to the provinces rebellion The Stamp Act raised port duties on certain items imported from the West Indies such as sugar coffee and wine This act was enforced by the British troops established within the colonies This strategic move by the troops forbade the colonies from smuggling in other items The Currency Act forbade the colonies from printing their own money In 1865 England repealed the Stamp Act in response to the provinces protests The provinces reasoning was that parliament is sovereign in the empire and can only raise taxes to regulate trade not to generate revenues The Quartering Act was passed by England so that on the occasion that the colonies misbehaved they would send over more troops With this condition the colonies were also responsible for housing and feeding the troops In 1767 the Townsend Act gave Englands parliament the right to tax the colonists on lead paper printers and tea This also enraged the colonists for this tax was solely for raising Englands revenues The Boston Massacre came as a result of the colonists reaction to the tea tax At first East India did not have to pay tax on tea but the provinces did Therefore the colonists dressed as Indians and threw off the boat into the water East Indias tea In response to their rebellion England passed the Coercive Act which shut down the port and arrested the colonists involvedThese acts passed by Englands parliament raised the question of whether the King has the right to tax the colonies without the colonies having representation The Kings actions show that he believed in taxation without representation Thus the Revolution began The Revolution was about sovereignty The provinces revolted by boycotting The protests raged There was violent vandalism The British officials homes were destroyed The elite responded by petitioning parliament
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