The Sugar Act was designed to eliminate the illegal sugar trade occurring between the continental colonies and the French and Spanish West Indies. It also established new vice-admiralty courts to try accused smugglers.
The Sugar Act of 1764
I hope I'm not tried in court for selling this sugar illegally.
After the seven years' war, Britain found itself in debt. They sought to ease this financial difficulty by taxing the colonies. In 1765, the British Prime Minister passed the Stamp Act.
The Stamp Act of 1765
All printed documents must be stamped and payed for in British hard currency.
Samuel Adams and Benjamin Franklin advocated that since the American colonies were not represented in British parliament, Britain didn't have the right to tax them.
Taxation Without Representation
"No Taxation Without Representation!"
A radical/ revolutionary secret society responsible for the Boston Tea Party. The group spearheaded the opposition to the Tea Act.
The Sons of Liberty
The first mass social movement in American history that dealt with religious revival. It inspired more religious focus, excitement, seriousness, and fear. It helped spark rebellion against authoritative religious rule as the people felt they were in control of their own beliefs.