The Sugar Act

The Sugar Act
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  • We need a way to get money to pay off our debts from the French and Indian war. What should we do? 
  • I agree. The colonists could help us pay off our debts.
  • I believe we should tax the colonists.
  • The British can't do this! We didn't ask to be taxed. 
  • I heard that some people decided to smuggle just so they weren't taxed
  • We are passing a new act called the Sugar Act. It will lower the tax on the molasses imported by the colonists to try to stop smuggling. Any accused smugglers will not be sent to court and their goods will be seized by the officers.
  • Did you hear about the Sugar Act? It is violating our rights! We are British citizens!
  • The British Government issued new taxes on the colonies because the king and parliament felt the colonists should pay part of these costs. 
  • We have a right to a trial by jury and to be viewed as innocent until proved guilty!
  • Some colonists resorted to smuggling to avoid taxes.
  • We have rights! Lets boycott so the British won't have any money from taxes!
  • They hoped the change would convince the colonists to pay instead of smuggling. It also allowed officers to seize goods from any accused smugglers without having to go to court.
  • Follow our rules!
  • We have rights!
  • Only our own assemblies could tax us!
  • Many colonists were angered by the sugar act. They believed that it violated their rights.
  • People started protesting by boycotting,refusing to buy. The British lost so much money.                         
  • The British said they have the right to tax and make decisions for the British colonies.
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