Britain Parliament executed those seriesof the taxes without colonial agreement but local authorities, mainly large landowners and merchants, wereready to defend their authority in the name of liberty and claimed the right togovern their own affairs. In October 1765, the Stamp Act Congress, withtwenty-seven delegates from nine colonies, including, met in New York and insistthat the right to consent to taxation was “essential to the freedom of apeople.
” Soon, merchants throughout the colonies agreed to boycott Britishgoods until Parliament repealed the Stamp Act. This was the first major cooperativeresistance among Britain’s colonies. In New York City, the conflict causes thebirth of Sons of Liberty group led by talented and ambitious lesser merchantslike Alexander McDougall, Isaac Sears, and John Lamb. The Sons of Liberty posted notices reading “Liberty, Property,and No Stamps” and took the lead in enforcing the boycott of British imports.The boycott began in Boston and soon spread to the southern colonies. Relianceon American rather than British goods, on homespun clothing rather thanimported finery, became a symbol of American resistance.
The next crisis wastea act which the East India Company, the British government, offered a seriesof rebates and tax exemptions. These enabled it to dump low-priced tea on theAmerican market, undercutting both established merchants and smugglers. Butmany colonists insisted that to pay it on this large new body of imports wouldacknowledge Britain’s right to tax the colonies. Clearly, anyresistance caused by economic motive even the leader of political movement suchas Sons of Liberty was merchants.
Moreover, most of the resistances battlesfield were economic area such as boycott, Boston tea party event, smuggling.Finally, a series of incidents that took place during the resistance lead tothe American revolution.