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The British government kept thousands of soldiers in North America after the French and Indian War. Great Britain wanted to protect its colonies and also keep them under closer control.
Great Britain wanted the colonists to help pay for the protection provided by its troops. In 1765, the British Parliament passed a new law called the Quartering Act. It ordered the colonists to provide quarters, or places to live, for British troops. Colonists also had to give the soldiers food, fuel, and transportation.
The Quartering Act angered the colonists. They did not want to pay for British troops in the colonies. Therefore, many colonists treated the soldiers badly.
After fighting the French and Indian War, Great Britain needed money to pay its debts. It also had to pay for the army in the colonies. In 1765, to raise money, Parliament passed a new tax law called the Stamp Act. Great Britain did not let the colonists buy anything but the goods they needed only from Britain.