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The Sugar Act- 1764 Page 45

The Sugar Act- 1764 Page 45

Medium: Letterpress

Date: 1764

Shelfmark: BS REF 20

Item number: Page 45

Length: 20.9

Width: 12.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Printed Text

In 1764 the British Parliament passed what became known as the Sugar Act. This imposed taxes and commercial regulations on goods imported into the colonies. It set a 3 pence tax on non British refined sugar and even higher taxes on coffee, indigo and Madera Wine. It also stated that those caught smuggling would be subject to trial without jury. The act was passed to create money to pay for the upkeep of British territories but it was unpopular because colonists had to import all products that they could not make or grow themselves. The act has been recognised as one of the catalysts for the American Revolution.

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