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The Navigation Act 1660 and Staple Act

The Navigation Act 1660 and Staple Act - time The 1733...

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The Navigation Act 1660 and Staple Act (also called the Act for the Encouragement of Trade) of 1663 required all European goods bound for America (or other colonies) to be shipped through England or Wales first. In England, the goods would be unloaded, inspected, taxed, and reloaded. The trade had to be carried in English bottoms (i.e. vessels), which included those of its colonies. Furthermore, imports of 'enumerated commodities' (such as sugar, rice, and tobacco) had to be landed and pay tax before going on to other countries. This increased the cost to the colonies, and increased the shipping
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Unformatted text preview: time. The 1733 Molasses Act levied heavy duties on the trade of sugar from the French West Indies to the American colonies, forcing the colonists to buy the more expensive sugar from the British West Indies instead. The law was widely flouted, but efforts by the British to prevent smuggling created hostility and contributed to the American Revolution . With the passage of the molasses act the Navigation Act would levy heavy taxes on tea from the French Indies and force the British North Americans to purchase more expensive tea from England....
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