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Fighting Words

1773-1774

A Declaration of the People's Natural Right

At the heart of many colonial frustrations was the Stamp-Act. The first in a series of taxation on everything from paper to tea. While the Stamp Act was eventually reversed, most other taxes were not, and the damage was already done. Filial loyalties to the British and the Crown had been crushed under years of heavy taxation and infantilizing paternalism. The citizens of Boston retaliated with the Boston Tea Party, leading to some of the British to reconsider their stance and many on both sides to dig in their heels for a bigger fight. The American Colonists were no longer satisfied with mere representation in parliament.