On Tuesday, Mindy and I were walking the Freedom Trail in Boston, MA. We noticed a sign in Faneuil Hall that a National Park Ranger would be giving a talk about alcohol in colonial days. We were hot and tired and happy to have a reason to sit.
|Thanks nice lady from Italy for taking our picture|
- During Colonial Times, the average person drank 9 gallons of hard liquor a year. Today the average is 3 gallons. (Mindy was trying to remember if the number was 90 gallons. This is why we strongly urge you to look up these “facts” for yourself before you include them in your thesis.)
- In 1733, the British government passed the Molasses Act, which was really a tax on rum (because molasses was necessary to the production of rum). The law was largely ignored, so the Sugar Act of 1764 was passed. This tax cultivated unrest that continued to grow with the passage of the Stamp Act and the Tea Tax.