Sugar Act

By: Jacob, Mason, Zach

Description

The Sugar Act of 1764 was a British Law, passed by the Parliament of Great Britain on April 5, 1764, that was designed to raise revenue from the American colonists in the 13 colonies. It set taxes on molasses and sugar imported into the colonies which impacted the manufacture of rum in New England.
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Date

April 5th 1764

Background Information

The sugar act was set in place to help pay for military cost of protecting the american colonies. Great Britain was in national debt because of The French and Indian War.
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Who was affected?

The sugar act affected the colonist and the merchants. Colonist were already having problems with money and it made it even harder to buy the goods they wanted. Which led to boycotting the goods and making it even more difficult to sell goods.

What was the colonist response?

The loyalist were all for the sugar act because they thought it was okay since Great Britain was providing for there protection. The patriots didnt want to have to pay more for goods and thought British protection was not needed.

How did this worsen the relationship between Great Britain and the colonists?

It angered the colonist and it lead to most of the other reasons for the war. They reacted by boycotting the goods for everyone. It also lead to taxation without representation.