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.
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