By Alvin Rabushka

ISBN-10: 069113345X

ISBN-13: 9780691133454

Taxation in Colonial America examines existence within the 13 unique American colonies during the revealing lens of the taxes levied on and by means of the colonists. Spanning the turbulent years from the founding of the Jamestown cost to the outbreak of the yank Revolution, Alvin Rabushka offers the definitive background of taxation within the colonial period, and units it opposed to the backdrop of large fiscal, political, and social upheaval within the colonies and Europe.

Rabushka indicates how the colonists strove to reduce, steer clear of, and ward off British and native taxation, and the way they used tax incentives to foster cost. He describes the structures of public finance they created to minimize taxation, and divulges how they received keep an eye on over taxes via elected representatives in colonial legislatures. Rabushka takes a accomplished examine the exterior taxes imposed at the colonists via Britain, the Netherlands, and Sweden, in addition to inner direct taxes like ballot and source of revenue taxes. He examines oblique taxes like tasks and tonnage charges, in addition to county and city taxes, church and schooling taxes, bounties, and different fees. He hyperlinks the categories and quantities of taxes with the technique of payment--be it gold cash, agricultural commodities, wampum, or furs--and he compares tax platforms and burdens one of the colonies and with Britain.

This booklet brings the colonial interval to existence in all its wealthy complexity, and indicates how colonial attitudes towards taxation provide a distinct window into the explanations of the revolution.

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9 The queen’s grant to Gilbert, and his 8 Harold A. Innis, The Cod Fisheries: The History of an International Economy, rev. ed. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1954), 30. htm (February 27, 2003). [ 29 ] chap t er 1 heirs and successors, authorized him to discover, possess, and govern lands not possessed of any Christian prince or people. ”11 Gilbert was empowered to devise and establish laws and ordinances conforming, as near as possible, to the laws and policy of England and to the true Christian faith or religion professed in the Church of England.

The establishment of colonies in the New World required the European powers to provide for the structure of local colonial government and the relationship between the mother countries and their colonies, or an imperial constitution. England’s American colonies were treated as dependencies of the Crown, not of the English people or their representatives in Parliament. Parliament only took a direct and important role in colonial commercial affairs with passage of the Navigation Acts beginning in 1650.

A fi rst is per capita taxes, the average tax paid by residents in each colony in the years for which data are available. In the southern plantation colonies, per capita taxes are generally estimated for white settlers, who paid taxes on themselves and their slaves. It can be said that the labor income of slaves was heavily taxed, but that income belonged to slave owners who paid the tax, not the slaves. An important point of comparison throughout the book is average taxes paid in the colonies with those in Great Britain.

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