Early American History
Sugar Act, 1764
Key Concepts

The King and Parliament decided the colonies should pay for part of the French and Indian War and the costs for keeping British soldiers in North America. In 1764, Parliament passed a law that came to be known as the Sugar Act. This law said the colonists must pay a tax or tariff on many goods coming to the colonies from other places. When a colonist bought a pound of sugar, he had to pay an additional amount or tax money. The tax or tariff money went to the British government to pay for the British soldiers.

The Sugar Act of 1764 was a tax on all imported products. The
colonists imported many products they could not make or grow themselves. They imported sugar, molasses, paper, glass, lead, paint and tea. All of these imported products had a new tax.

Colonists were upset about the new taxes they had to pay. But they were more upset that the King and Parliament had taxed the colonies without their consent. Remember, the colonies were not allowed to send representatives to Parliament to speak for them.

Not all the colonists were angry with Britain. Some supported the British
government. Colonists who supported the British government were called Loyalists or Tories.
New Taxes for the Colonists
Differences Divide Britain
and its Colonies
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