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Monday, May 20, 2013

Point Comfort

While Point Comfort was being erected in 1631/1632, a castle duty was established. This tax consisted of one barrel of powder and ten iron shot. Every vessel arriving in the Colony was compelled to show a cocquet upon pain of confiscation. Three years later the number of forts in Virginia had increased to five and the duty was placed at fifty pounds of powder for every vessel of two hundred tons and an amount in proportion for every ship of greater or smaller burden, a proportionate quantity of shot, match and other material used in defense was also to be delivered.  The merchants of all classes complained of these charges as well as of the tax imposed for administering the oath of allegiance to each passenger newly arriving in the Colony and for registering each hogshead sent out.

Source: Report of Sub-Committee for Foreign Plantations, British State Papers, Colonial, vol. IX, No. 122.

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