The Sugar Act underscored a growing disconnect between Britain and the colonies. The French and Indian War had demonstrated that the colonies were unable to defend themselves with British troops, and thus the war had cost the homeland dearly; on the other hand, the influx of British troops and the need to provision and equip them had helped boost the economy in the colonies. Thus, the British argued that the colonies had gotten rich off the war while England shouldered the entire cost. Britain saw the taxes as an attempt to even the playing field and cover the costs of defending the colonies. The colonists saw things differently. With no voice in Parliament, many colonists saw the taxes as a burden without giving them any real opinion in how to spend it.
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British troops, Massachusetts General Court, powerful demographic groups