1. 2. To pay for the cost of the French and Indian War. To pay for the cost of British troops to protect the colonies. 1. A tax on sugar and molasses. 1. 2. They sent tax collectors to American to collect taxes. British troops searched people’s homes for smuggled goods. 1. 2. Required that colonists pay a taxes on certain items they bought. newspapers, legal documents and playing cards. 1. 2. Groups of colonists that protested British taxes. They attacked tax collectors.