Sugar Act - April 5, 1764

By: Jada M. and Alexis C.


The Sugar Act set a tax on sugar and molasses imported into the colonies which impacted the manufacture of rum in New England. The Sugar Act also taxed additional foreign goods including wines, coffee, cambric and printed calico.The main focus of the Sugar Act was to discourage colonial merchants and manufacturers from smuggling non-British goods in order to avoid taxes imposed by Parliament.

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Who? What?

  • British Prime Minister George Greenville ordered the navy to enforce the Sugar Act.
  • It happened in British America.
  • It involved the Americans by making trade complicated.

Background Information

Parliament wanted to raise revenue to clear war debt. He also wanted to finance British troops in the colonies, and he believed that the Sugar Act would help regulate trade and reduce the act of corruption and smuggling.

Colonists Response

The colonists were undergoing a period of financial difficulties and their resentment was due to the economic impact of the Sugar Act.The Sugar Act was seen to be harmful to Colonial America.

Great Britain vs The Coloinst

Great Britain wanted to control their colonist more then the colonist thought they should be controlled. In result to of all of these new laws the colonist began to rebel.
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