While the controversy from the writs died off, it did not take long for Britain to create a new controversy. In 1764, the British government imposed the Sugar Act, yet another in a long line of attempts to increase revenue for Britain. The act created new duties on Spanish wine and also significantly cut the duties on imported molasses that had been levied in 1733. To colonists, this signaled a change in Britain's attempts to tax the colonies. Prior to the Sugar Act, taxes had only been levied to regulate trade–never had they been specifically for a source of revenue. Adams was one of the only patriots to protest the act from the start; most others failed to recognize its importance.The Sugar Act underscored a growing disconnect between Britain and the colonies. The French and Indian War
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