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New Taxes - Sugar and Stamp Act
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.38

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     challenging words:    pence, taxation, representation, jury, molasses, affected, material, protest, smugglers, wine, guilty, order, powerful, goods, certain, refuse
     content words:    Indian War, Sugar Act, British Navy, Stamp Act, In October, Stamp Act Congress


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New Taxes - Sugar and Stamp Act
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     The French and Indian War had ended in 1763. England had spent a lot of money on the war. They had fought the war to protect the American colonists. England decided that the colonists should help pay the debts.
 
2     The Sugar Act was passed on April 5, 1764. England told the colonists it was a way to help control trade. The Sugar Act taxed things like cloth and certain wines. It also put a three pence tax on molasses. This was about three cents. The act said rum and French wine could not be imported to the colonies.
 
3     The British Navy began to sail along the coast. They wanted to catch smugglers. British officers could take goods from the smugglers without going to court. The smuggler was then tried in a British court. A British court only had a judge. It did not have a jury. The judge also received money if the smuggler was found guilty. The colonists did not think this was fair. This meant the judge would vote people guilty in order to get more money.

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