The Old Colonial System, 1660-1754, Part 1, Volume 1

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Macmillan, 1913 - Great Britain
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Page 8 - ... of Dunkirk, and the other new acquisitions, which ought to be looked upon as jewels of an immense magnitude in the royal diadem, do not enough remember what we have lost by Dunkirk, and should always do, if it were in an enemy's hands...
Page 76 - ... plantations but also of the commodities of other countries and places, for the supplying of them, and it being the usage of other nations to keep their plantation trade to themselves.
Page 16 - Your fleet, and your trade, have so near a relation, and such mutual influence upon each other, they cannot well be separated; your trade is the mother and nurse of your seamen; your seamen are the life of your fleet, and your fleet is the security and protection of your trade...
Page 25 - I take England and all its Plantations to be one great Body, those being so many Limbs or Counties belonging to it, therefore when we consume their Growth we do as it were spend the Fruits of our own Land, and what thereof we sell to our Neighbours for Bullion, or such Commodities as must pay for therein, brings a second Profit to the Nation....
Page 16 - The undoubted Interest of England is Trade, since it is that only which can make us either Rich or Safe; for without a powerful Navy, we should be a Prey to our Neighbours, and without Trade, we could neither have Sea-men nor Ships.
Page 49 - In. dies be wrong employed for domestick interest, it must be theirs, and those other colonies, which settle with no other prospect than the like way of living. Therefore, if any, such only should be neglected, and discouraged, who pursue a method that rivals our native kingdom, and threatens, in time, a total independency thereupon.
Page 160 - ... with respect to what hath been given since ; but it made a greater stir and had more opposition in parliament than any later revenue or supply bill ever had ; and, upon voting the supply and charging it so to be levied, it was cried out upon as if it had been a surrender of liberty and property. " For," said some, " we shall enable the king to raise and pay an army to enslave us : doth he not talk of his armies in his speech ? " And the merchants, who for the most part chimed in with those opposers,...
Page 127 - In the eyes of the statesmen and publicists of the day, England was fully justified in restricting colonial commerce in return for the burden assumed in defending and policing the Empire. If there existed any doubts on this point, they were more than quieted by the preferential treatment accorded to colonial products in the English market. While the enumerated articles could not be shipped to any place in Europe but England, in return competing commodities of foreign nations were virtually excluded...
Page 31 - England, and shall have the same Priviledges to all Intents and Purposes as Our Free-born Subjects of England; And that all Free persons shall have liberty without Interruption, to transport themselves and their Families, and any their Goods (except only Coyn and Bullions) from any of Our Dominions and Territories to the said Island of Jamaica.
Page 16 - George L. Beer has commented, with particular reference to the statement from Lord Haversham quoted above, that "The men of the day argued in a circle of sea power, commerce and colonies. Sea power enabled England to expand and to protect her foreign trade, while this increased commerce, in turn, augmented her naval strength."41 Circular reasoning this may have been, but it was not, logically at least, a "vicious circle...

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