After 1763 George Grenville, the British Prime Minister, sent the army over to the colonies to supposedly keep the colonists and Indians from fighting.The colonists did not believe that they needed any further military support from Britain and looked at this as a threat.Shortly after the military "aid" was placed in the colonies, Britain imposed the Proclamation Line.
This line was set up to keep colonists from crossing the Appalachian Ridge into Indian Territory.The Colonists are at this point beginning to feel oppressed and restricted. Soon after Britain imposed the Writs of Assistance.This came with a blanket search warrant that allowed British officials the right to search anything they wanted to with no previous evidence.At this point a revolutionary lawyer highered by merchants of New England, James Otis, argues that the Writs of Assistance are unconstitutional.The case went to the Massachusetts Supreme Court where a pro- English justice, Thomas Hutchinson, ruled that they were constitutional. At this point Grenville, who was a financial genius, realized that Britain had a major financial problem with the war debt.
Therefore, he decides to impose the Sugar Act of 1764.This was a tax on sugar, which reduced the tax on imported sugar, but tightened up on enforcement of tax and trade laws.This is where the Assemblies in the colonies become upset.They are supposed to solely own the right to impose revenue-raising taxes in the colonies.
However, Grenville admits that the Sugar Act is revenue raising.He also throws in that any one caught smuggling will be taken to an Admiralty Court where there would be no jury and no appeals.This removes the colonists right to trial by jury. In 1765 Grenville passes the Stamp Act, a tax on newspapers, playing cards, dice, and all legal documents.
This tax is also revenue raising.Yet another slap in the face for the Assemblies.However, due to mob acts .