This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. ~~William Shakespeare, Richard III

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

This Day in History...

October 7, 1765 - Delegates from nine of the thirteen American colonies protested against the British Stamp Act which placed a tax on all forms of paper (legal documents, newspapers, playing cards, etc) used in the Colonies. The purpose of the tax, in British eyes, was to pay for troops still stationed in America after the victory in the Seven Years War and, since the Colonists were benefiting from the military presence, Parliament felt they should pay for some of the expense. The Colonists saw this as "taxation without representation" and was more fuel on the fire that lead to the American Revolution.

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