Revenue Acts

  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    The Sugar Act was passed on April 5, 1764. It involved placing a 3 cent-tax on foreign sugar, and also increased taxes on goods such as coffee, indigo, and other kinds of wine. This act was created for a few reasons, to protect the British trade, prevent smuggling, and to recover money from the debt left after the French and Indian war. The government were strong supporters of it because it made them more money and prevented citizens from buying goods from other countries.
  • The Currency Act

    The Currency Act
    The currency act was passed on September 1, 1764. The currency act was put in place to help control the colonial money system. It helped in preventing the colonies from printing money themselves. Overall, this act did reduce most national debt. Colonists did not favor this act because they could not make their own money. The government favored this act because it allowed for control over all currency in most of the colonies. Plus, they were making a profit in the process.
  • Stamp Acts

    Stamp Acts
    On March 22,1765 this act would be well known as the tax imposed by the British. The tax was made for colonists, requiring them to pay a tax on every single printed item they used. They immediately wanted this act to be gotten rid of. In the fight for their rights, they debated, wrote documents, and harried tax collectors. Government leaders and officials, like Benjamin Franklin appealed the Stamp Act in front of the British House of Commons to bring about peace and order.
  • Townshend Acts

    Townshend Acts
    This act was put in place no June 29, 1767. It was designed to collect money from the colonists in America by putting custom duties on imports of glass, paints, paper, and tea. Most wouldn't buy tea unless it was smuggled. Plus, they felt that this act would threaten the right standing of colonial legislation. Yet, the government continued to tax items of the colonists without their consent.
  • The Tea Act

    The Tea Act
    The Tea Act granted the British East India Tea Company a monopoly on tea sales in the colonies. This was what ultimately compelled a group of Sons of Liberty members on the night of December 16, 1773 to disguise themselves as Mohawk Indians, board three ships moored in Boston Harbor, and destroy over 92,000 pounds of tea. The Tea Act was the final straw in a series of unpopular policies and taxes imposed by Britain on her American colonies. This act left the government which much debt.