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A tax, especially the salt tax imposed in France before 1790.

[Middle English gabel, from Old French, from Old Italian gabella, from Arabic qabāla, tribute, from qabila, to receive; see qbl in Semitic roots.]


(Historical Terms) French history a salt tax levied until 1790
[C15: from Old Italian gabella, from Arabic qabālah tribute, from qabala he received]
gaˈbelled adj



a tax on salt levied in France, abolished in 1790.
[1375–1425; Middle English < Middle French < Arabic qabālah tax, receipt]
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And with the SALT tax deduction reduction, those looking to buy in high-taxed neighborhoods may think twice.
Gandhi focused his campaign for independence on the salt tax imposed by the British government and led a protest march which kicked off popular support.
For six weeks, I have been waiting to hear the Still Small Voice and then on February 27, 1930 in the early hours, out of the blue I heard it; I was absolutely certain what to do next," he went on to elaborate with a date being set for action: the long march, the first Padayatra, against the salt tax imposed by the British, banning the locals from producing it on their own.
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The 1930 yearend issue carried Mahatma Gandhi who led a March to the Sea to protest the imposition of a salt tax by the British authorities.
Nearly 100 years later, in 1930, Mahatma Gandhi conducted a 241-mile march with 78 followers from Ahmedabad to Dandi to protest the salt tax, winning not abolition of the tax but the right for Indian citizens to reclaim salt for their own use without a fee.
The salt tax was particularly onerous on the poorest people of India.
Mahatma Gandhi played a quintessential role in India's freedom struggle by leading protests against the national salt tax with a Dandi Salt March in the 1930, and later in demanding that the British immediately Quit India in 1942 at the height of the Second World War.
One of the more recent examples is the Salt Satyagraha, a Gandhi-led nonviolent protest against the British salt tax in colonial India, which began with the Salt March to Dandi on March 12, 1930.
In the 18th century, the gabelle, or salt tax, in France eventually led to the French Revolution.
1930: Gandhi began a 300-mile march to the sea to protest at the British salt tax in India.