British Reforms And Colonial Resistance Essay

1118 Words Aug 5th, 2015 5 Pages
After the French and Indian War in 1763, tensions were rapidly increasing within the colonies. Despite Great Britain’s incredible victory in the war, they still faced a massive debt of over 122 million pounds. They needed to pay this debt off somehow and, as a result, taxes skyrocketed in the colonies. The American colonists were confronted with dozens of new laws passed by Parliament, of which included the Sugar Act, the Stamp Act, the Townshend Acts, and the Intolerable Acts. These taxes passed by British Parliament served to strengthen the colonists’ republican beliefs as well as their opposition to the British imperialists. One of the first laws passed by Parliament to create an uproar among the people was the Sugar Act. The Sugar Act was passed in 1764 in order to impose a tax on molasses that would raise the income coming in from the colonies. The author of “British Reforms and Colonial Resistance, 1763-1766” indicated the impact of the Sugar Act by stating, “Now, however, the tax was to be enforced. An outcry arose from those affected, and colonists implemented several effective protest measures that centered around boycotting British goods.” (2). The sudden execution of the Sugar Act was far from expected by colonists, who weren’t accustomed to having to pay such high taxes on rum and molasses. They were also prohibited from importing rum and molasses themselves; it was now seen as smuggling. With so many of their former rights taken away, colonists began to rebel…

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