Declaratory Act

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The Declaratory Act was copied from the Irish Declaratory Act, and it won’t take a genius to learn that Parliament would want America, like the Irish, in continuous bondage to the crown. Outcries and outrage followed suit. Colonists called it many things, some of which included “crisis” and “treason.”

That was the start of the unification of the British colonies in America. They realized that there was nothing more they could do to stop the British Parliament from using force upon them. Along with this came the realization that they could fight back and free the Americas from the British rule, “in all cases whatsoever”.


There was nothing in the world more tightly intertwined than the Stamp Act, the Virginia Resolves, the Stamp Act Congress, the Declaratory Act and the American Revolution. Many people will agree that these related events had been among the most profound in American history, and there is no question that these are the real reasons that ultimately led to the unification of the first thirteen colonies to revolt against the British Parliament.

How it Started!

For a better understanding of the Declaratory Act, it is of utmost importance to know about the events that preceded it.

1. The Stamp Act was passed in 1765. It was an act that made people pay taxes for all written documents including licenses and other legal documents. Even playing cards and dices had a tax from the Stamp Act. This act was passed to help Britain regain the riches and money lost from losing wars with many other countries. Many Colonists showed their displeasure. Some people kept silent, but some did braver responses.

2. One of the most open groups against this act was the Virginia House of Burgesses’ resolves. The Virginia Resolves has originally five resolves, and these resolves stated that all people in a colony has the same, equal rights to everything that a man born in the realm of England has the rights to. It also stated that raising a colony through the imposition of taxes that are unbearable for people is not actually sticking to the rights of the people. This leads to the whole reason for the resolves: there shouldn’t be any unreasonable tax imposed on people.

3. The Stamp Act Congress was much like the Virginia General Assembly, only much bigger. It was to be attended by representatives from the thirteen colonies of Britain in America, and it seeks to make a resolve that would free all colonies from the unreasonable taxes imposed on them by the Stamp Act.

In 1765, the Stamp Act was repealed. Were the problems finally resolved? You could imagine a better world, a life free of unreasonable laws for the Colonies, but no. The problems continued. The British Parliament passed the Declaratory Act, and this made it impossible for any Colonial assembly to pass any binding law. The Declaratory Act only made it clear that there were more acts where it came from and that future acts would be no better than the ones they had.

18 responses to “Declaratory Act”

  1. brent says:

    i believe that the declatory act was closely the same as the boston tea party. both of the acts were passed in 1995. both of the acts involved citizens throwing stuff into the harbour.

    • bale says:

      the year is for the declaraory act is 1766

    • bale says:

      i believe that the declatory act was closely the same as the boston tea party. both of the acts were passed in 1995. both of the acts involved citizens throwing stuff into the harbour. i got this from him this is not right

    • An 11th Grader says:

      “Brent, are you smarter then a (11th) Grader?!” Evidently not, even I knew that this act was passed in 1766. Dang boy. Also, idk if ya’ll knew this (look at me, sounding all country and what not) but it was passed for “absolute and unqualified sovereignty over its North American colonies” But does anyone know what colonies this affected? Please help, I have an APUSH powerpoint I need to make with this information. Many thanks 🙂

  2. Joseph says:

    The year is wrong,

    In *1776, the Stamp Act was repealed. → In *1766, the Stamp Act was repealed.

  3. Link says:

    Wrong the stamp act was repelled in 1776 and the the declatory act startedin1776

  4. Vanessa says:

    Im doing a project and i really need some help. Im confused with these dates and its weird seeing about 1 different years for the stamp and declaratory act. HELP

  5. trevor says:

    where, why and how did the colonist feel about it

  6. terry kozie says:

    i dont know what this is bout so yeah uh i just doing a report i guess

  7. Death comes for us all! says:

    I have idea of this i think its dumd but thats just history

  8. Sheldon Cooper says:

    If you would of paid attention in class there would be no argument.

  9. Amy Farrah Fowler says:

    Agreed. The stamp act was put into place in 1765, then later repealed after boycotts in 1766. That same year the Declaratory Acts were passed, and the Townshend Acts followed them in 1767.

  10. kristina waller says:

    can you sum that up for me please

  11. 8th grader before thanksgiving says:

    I am learning about this in 8th grade and i cant figure out what the COLONISTS did because of the act.

  12. Declaratory act says:

    The Declaratory Acts basically just said that England had complete and total rule over the colonies. What they said went.

  13. Elziabeth says:

    The Declaratory Act was enacted in 1766, right after Parliament repealed the Stamp Act, the same day. The Declaratory Act was passed to make sure the colonies are still controlled by the King and Parliament. This law said that Parliament had supreme authority to govern the colonies, and the colonists could expect future taxes. As well as saying they (British Parliament) had authority to make new laws for the colonies in all cases- and would. Also saying that Parliament had no care for what the colonists said. The Declaratory Act made it impossible for any colonial assembly to pass any binding laws.

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