jan 1, 1764 - The Sugar Act
George Grenville became King George's chief Cabinet minister in 1763. Grenville was determined to increase Britain's income from the American Colonies. At his urging, Parliament passed the Revenue Act of 1764, also known as the Sugar Act. The act placed a threepenny tax on each gallon (3.8 liters) of molasses entering the colonies from ports outside the British Empire. Several Northern colonies had thriving rum industries that depended on imported molasses. Rum distillers angrily protested that the tax would eat up their profits. In 1766, Parliament reduced the tax on molasses to a penny a gallon.
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