This chart from 1789 shows the tax rates on some common imports into the United States. Imports include such commodities like distilled spirits, brown sugar, coffee and cheese.
- What reason does the document give for why taxes need to be placed on the imported goods listed above?
- What are some common imports coming into the United States at this time?
- Compare this document to Thomas Jefferson's letter and the English Map of Grenada. Why would the United States select these particular items for taxation?
"An act for laying a duty on goods, wares, and merchandizes, imported into the United States," pp. 1, 16 May 1789. Courtesy of Library of Congress