The Declaratory Act was their response to the repeal of the Stamp Act. The Declaratory Act was passed by the British parliament to affirm its power to legislate for the colonies “in all cases whatsoever”. The reaction of the colonies to the repeal of the Stamp Act was to celebrate their victory.
Why did they pass the Declaratory Act?
The British Parliament was then faced with colonies who refused to comply with their Act. Parliament then agreed to repeal the Stamp Act on the condition that the Declaratory Act was passed. On March 18, 1766, Parliament repealed the Stamp Act and passed the Declaratory Act.
Why was the Declaratory Act of 1766 put in place?
In 1766, the Parliament repealed the Stamp Act and simultaneously passed the Declaratory Act, which claimed that Britain had the right to tax the American colonies. This statement didn't convince the colonists, and the prospect of revolution became more pronounced.