After the French-Indian War, Britain severely needed money to support their empire. Thus, they decided use their colonies to decrease their debt by imposing several taxes on them. For example, taxes such as the Stamp Act, the Sugar Act, and the Townshend Act were enforced in America. The stamp act in particular had a clause which required printed materials in the colonies to be produced on a specially made stamped paper from London which possessed an embossed stamp. The Americans did not take this well as they were previously in a state of salutary neglect. This means that they were relatively free from the British’s control before 1763. Thus, they did not appreciate Britain’s sudden interest in them just to pay off their debts.