By Royal Decree: Let There Be Sugar
Lower Tax, but Less Smuggling: The Sugar Act
Thus, Let It Be Known
Parliament has spoken: As of 1764, there is now a tax on sugars. As is stated in the decree, "there shall be raised, levied, collected, and paid, unto his majesty, his heirs and successors, for and upon all white or clayed sugars of the produce or manufacture of any colony or plantation in America". Thus, any sugars created by any colony and or farm shall be taxed. We believe that the colonists shall be rather happy with this lowering of taxes, since they seem to have such a problem with paying them.
But Wait, There's More
Cracking Down on Smuggling
Another area of the act reads as such: "And, for the better preventing frauds in the importation of foreign sugars, rum and spirits, molasses and syrups, into any of his Majesty's domains ... every person or persons loading on board any ship or vessel ... shall, before the clearing out of said ship or vessel, produce and deliver to the collector or other principal officer of the customs at the loading port, an affidavit signed and sword to before some justice of the peace in the said British colonies..." As such, the colonists of America will be forced to provide proof of shipment to an official so as to end the looming threat of smuggling. We believe that this may cause some form of annoyance, but nothing overly temporary, as, of course, they are all law-abiding citizens.