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Thursday, May 16, 2013

French Wine

The Virginia colonists looked upon French wines as being very dear, moreso even than England. Claret was widely used and in 1666 and 1671 was rated at eight shillings a gallon. This rating was the highest sum at which it could be sold. The Navigation Laws affected costs which was higher than in the Portugeuse islands. Naturally, the colonists consumed English spirits and were transported into the colony from the spot upon which they were manufactured. In 1671 English brandy commanded ten shillings a gallon in Virginia, part of the coasts being a duty of three pence every four quarts. In 1691 the general tax was increased to four pence.

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