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The taxation of distilled spirits has played a substantial role in the history of moonshine that continues today. In the early 1760’s, after a series of victories by the British Empire that protected the American Colonies from the French military threat of the French and Indian war, the Britain determined America should contribute to the costs of its defense and began levying onerous taxes on the American Colonies, including taxes on distilled whiskey. This of course would ultimately lead to the Boston Tea Party, “no taxation without representation,” and the American Declaration of Independence from British rule.

Distilled whiskey played a prominent role in the new America. Beer, cider, and whiskey was consumed in higher quantities than water as the fermentation process made them a safer drinking source than contaminated water.

Keep reading about the history of moonshine:

  1. Moonshine Whiskey and Colonial America
  2. American Revolution
  3. Whiskey Rebellion
  4. Prohibition
  5. Bootlegging
  6. NASCAR and Moonshine
  7. Popcorn Sutton
  8. Moonshining: An American Tradition
  9. The Future of Moonshine

Or you can view the entire Moonshine History article here.


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