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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Trade between Virginia and New England

Block Island (near Rhode Island)
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Between the interval of 1656 and 1664 there were a recorded number of powers of attorney from merchants in New England, including John Saffin, Timothy Prout, John Giffard of Boston, William Payne of Ipswich, William Browne of Salem and John Holland Dorchester.  Every hogshead exported from Virginia into New England was imposed a duty of ten shillings. Finally, the Assembly repealed it because they beliebed that this tax was diverted from the Colony.  But hostilities broke out between England and Holland in 1672 and all of the ships employed in the trade with New England were in special danger. In 1673, the Providence, belonging to Richard Hollingsworth, was captured off of Block Island while on a voyage to Virginia, and in the same year, a vessel owned by John Grafton of Salem was also taken, which had on board for the Southern market a large quantity of rum, salt, sugar, mackerel and cloth.

Source: Documents Relating to the Colonial History of New York, vol. II, pp. 662.

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