Taxes on salt were introduced by the ancient Chinese and there were times when the revenues raised made up half of the Chinese Empire’s tax revenues. The Great Wall of China would probably never have been built without this tax! The Romans also taxed it and one of the famous Roman roads the ‘Via Salaria’ or salt road was built to transport it. The infamous French salt tax known as the ‘Gabelle’ was hugely unpopular with the French people. It was first imposed in 1286 by King Philip IV and was not repealed until 1790. There was also a long history of taxing it in India and the huge increase of this tax by the British which led to it becoming unaffordable for a lot of Indians was one of the issues that flared up and helped pave the way to Indian Independence.
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