Quick Facts About Molasses Act
The Molasses Act was enacted by Parliament on December 25, 1733.
The Molasses Act imposed duties and shipping restrictions on sugar and molasses imported into the North American colonies.
The Molasses Act is considered part of the Acts of Trade and Navigation, which were a series of laws passed by Parliament through the 17th and 18th centuries to ensure profitable control of the industry and commerce of British colonies in Asia, Africa, and America.
When it expired in 1763, the Molasses Act was replaced by the more restrictive Sugar Act of 1764.
Unlike the Sugar Act of 1764, the intent of the Molasses Act emphasized regulating trade within the British Empire, rather than raising revenue.
Because of its lax enforcement, the Molasses Act encouraged an increase in smuggling throughout the Empire.
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