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Sugar Act Primary Source Questions

April 5, 1764
Print shows sugarcane processing, probably in the West Indies, with an overseer directing others at a press and boiling operation.

Read the Sugar Act in its entirety here.


  1. Who can you determine created the Sugar Act? How can you tell?
  2. Sugar was not the only taxed imported good in the Sugar Act. Name 3 other taxed imported goods.
  3. What are import ships required to do before departure and upon arrival?
  4. Most of the writing in the Sugar Act outlines what? 
  5. What were some of the penalties for not following the correct procedures to import goods?
  6. What can you best determine was the purpose of the Sugar Act?