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Far less than today: a tenth of national income in Britain, perhaps 2-4% in the American colonies and somewhere between in most of Europe. Most taxes were on trade (tariffs, octrois), consumption (salt, tea) or assets (land, buildings, wealth). Poll (per head) taxes were also levied, though often these were graduated according to social or economic rank.

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