Molasses Act, Sugar Act

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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.

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