Sugar Act of 1764
April 5, 2022
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The Sugar Act of 1764
The Sugar Act of 1764 was a law enacted by the British Parliament intended to stop the smuggling of molasses into the American colonies from the West Indies by cutting taxes on molasses. The act also imposed new taxes on several other imported foreign goods while further restricting the export of certain highly demanded commodities such as lumber and iron that could legally be shipped from the colonies under the Navigation Acts. Proposed by British Prime Minister George Grenville, the Sugar Act amended the Molasses Act of 1733, which had actually reduced revenues by encouraging smuggling.