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Complaint about duties on sugar refining in 1691
(Catalogue ref: CO 5/1 f64,67,68)
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Catalogue ref: CO 5/1 f64,67,68; complaint about duties on sugar refining, 1691
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Study this source carefully. Different parts of the source will contain clues about why the British became empire builders in North America. As you study the source, ask yourself:
  • How does this source suggest that sugar was important to Britain’s wealth?
  • This was a pamphlet published in order to influence Parliament. What does this suggest about the influence of the sugar refiners?
  • What impression do you get from this source about the importance of sugar in the economy?
  • Does this source suggest that trade was an important factor in Britain owning an empire?
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