Line that gave all land west of the Appalachian Mountains to the Natives
Molasses and sugar from the French West Indies required a tax to be paid when they entered the colonies. Customs officers were stationed in Boston, New York and Philadelphia and other ports to enforce the law.
The colonies suffered a constant shortage of currency with which to conduct trade. There were no gold or silver mines and currency could only be obtained through trade as regulated by Great Britain
British Prime Minister Grenville told Parliament he wanted a stamp tax in 1765, but they needed time to learn what to tax. Grenville met with a few colonial agents. He hoped the colonies might tax themselves, but he never officially notified the colonies of this nor did he tell them how much was needed.
The 1765 Stamp Act required colonist to pay taxes on newspapers, almanacs, playing cards, and all legal papers.
The Quartering Act of 1765 required colonist to provide food and housing for the British troops.
A group of shopkeepers and artisans who called themselves The Loyal Nine, began preparing for agitation against the Stamp Act. As that group grew, it came to be known as the Sons of Liberty.