The Third Amendment of the United States Constitution forbids the housing of soldiers in private homes without the consent of the home owner, during both war and peacetime. The amendments stemmed from events before and during the American Revolution.
Many colonials protested crippling taxation implemented by the British government by boycotting British goods and purchasing goods smuggled in from other nations. A staple market in their economy, the British government sent troops to the colonies to enforce trade and tax laws and prevent the smuggling of non-British goods. Colonials were forced to house and feed these soldiers in their homes.
The practice continued during the war. Though many loyalists willingly housed British soldiers, patriots were forced to keep them in their homes. Housing soldiers placed a great financial burden on many colonial citizens. The Third Amendment is important because it ensures that no American will be forced to bear such a burden.