Emerald and the Molasses Act Mess
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Hi! I'm Emerald. I am 9 years old and live in the colony of Virginia in 1733. My dad owns a candy shop in our town. He was very successful until...
THE MOLASSES ACT OF 1733As ordered by the British Parliament: There will now be a tax of 6 pence per gallon on molasses from non-British foreign colonies coming into the North American colonies.
If I can only buy British West Indies molasses, our candy prices will be too expensive for anyone to buy!
This tax is too high! The French West Indies molasses use to be cheaper.
Molasses Act of 1733
Oh no! This is not good.
How will we stay in business?!
I hope this doesn't cause a problem with the colonists.
This act should keep the colonies from trading with anyone except Great Britain and repay us for the French and Indian War.
They're right. This is NOT fair!
With this tax we get poorer so they can get richer!
The British Parliament's law is unjust. They want to control who we can trade with.
Isn't smuggling illegal?
Mama, will there be another war?!
Maybe but we have to do something about the British Parliament and all these laws and taxes!
I know a guy that can smuggle the cheaper French molasses into the colonies without the British finding out.