Molasses Act, Sugar Act (67 words)

Historical Context Note


The Molasses act of 1733 was a prohibitively high tax imposed on molasses, sugar and rum imported from non-British colonies in the West Indies in order to promote British trade, but had little effect due to non-payment, smuggling and bribery. In 1764 the strictly enforced Sugar Act saw levies imposed on a wider range of imported goods including textiles, coffee and lumber with the specific purpose of raising revenue.