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The Sugar Act was passed by the Parliament of Great Britain in 1764 and was one of many Acts that aimed to raise money from citizens living in the British colonies. The Act contributed to the start of the American Revolution. See the fact file below for more information on the Sugar Act:
• Before the Sugar Act existed, Great Britain had the Molasses Act of 1733 in place to help the British sugar plantations in the West Indies. Molasses from other places was a lot cheaper than sugar from the West Indies, and so the British farmers in the West Indies were losing out as people bought their sugar elsewhere.
• The Molasses Act meant that colonists had to pay tax on molasses bought from non-British islands, but no tax was paid on the sugar bought from the British West Indies.
• Molasses was used widely by people in New England to make rum, so the colonists soon began smuggling in molasses so they didn’t have to pay the tax.
• The Molasses Act was set to expire in 1763 but the British government though that the demand for sugar and rum would only increase.
• The Sugar Act aimed to take advantage of the demand for sugar and rum and was seen as an easy way to raise money through tax.
• The Sugar Act of 1764 was put in place to raise revenue, as the British government was heavily in debt after the French and Indian War, and directly replaced the Molasses Act.
• The Sugar Act is also known as the American Revenue Act.
• The Sugar Act reduced the amount of tax that colonists had to pay on molasses by half but increased the enforcement of the law. This made smuggling of illegal molasses from non-British territories a lot harder.
• The tax on molasses under the Sugar Act was 3 cents per gallon.
• The Sugar Act also listed specific goods that could only be exported to Britain and no-where else, such as lumber (wood).
• The Stamp Act of 1765 was imposed on the colonies at the same time as the Sugar Act and required many printed materials, such as newspapers, to only be printed on specific, taxed paper.
• These two Acts contributed towards the start of the American Revolution as the colonies did not agree with paying tax to a country other than their own.
The Sugar Act Worksheets
This bundle includes 11 ready-to-use The Sugar Act worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about the Sugar Act which was passed by the Parliament of Great Britain in 1764 and was one of many Acts that aimed to raise money from citizens living in the British colonies.
This download includes the following worksheets:
- The Sugar Act of 1764 Facts
- Modified TRUE or FALSE
- Throw the Canes
- Sugar Coated
- Compare and Contrast
- Causes of the Revolution
- The Plantation v. The Parliament
- Taxation without Representation
- Picture Me
- A Cup of Sugar
- Repeal the Sugar Act
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