In 1832, a crisis ensued between the federal government and the South over the right of the federal government to impose tariffs on foreign goods entering the country for purposes other than revenue. South Carolina was hit particularly hard as foreign manufactured goods were cheaper than those manufactured in the North, especially because of the cost of shipping those goods from the North. Washington forced the South to purchase those overpriced goods to protect Northern interests and political benefactors. South Carolina decided to declare the tariff null and void. The crisis only ended when the federal government lowered the tariff to where it was acceptable to both the South and the federal government.