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With the introduction of colonists to America, there was division on the proper doctrine of governmental control. Although early on, North Carolina would have been more willing than most of the colonies to accept the prevailing British doctrine of governmental rule, many North Carolinians later advocated for mercantilism, the economic doctrine of government control of foreign trade that ensured military stability. One problem standing in their way however, was the lack of settlers initially.
Colonial North Carolinians demanded a great deal of autonomy from the suppressing English government. Governors of the colony found it difficult to collect taxes without adequate support from the crown and if collected revenue was not used locally it was impossible to get taxes from the populace. North Carolinians' independent spirit was further inflamed with the introduction of the Stamp Act of 1765. The author looks at the colonist's opposition to this act which primarily came from the aristocratic plantation owning sect of the population.