Great Britain: Foreign Policy and the Span of Empire, 1689-1971: A Documentary History - Vol. 3

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THE SLAVERY QUESTION

House of Commons Resolutions Affirming the Necessity of Forts
on the Coast of Africa for Purposes
of Slavetrading, 1 April 1730*

1st, Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the Trade to Africa ought always to remain free and open to all his Majesty’s Subjects.

2d, Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the Trade and Navigation to the Coast of Africa ought never to be taxed with any Duties whatsoever, for the Support and Maintenance of any Forts and Settlements there.

3d, Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That British Forts and Settlements on the Coast of Africa are necessary, for securing and preserving to Great Britain the Trade to those Parts.

4th, Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That an Allowance ought to be made towards the Support and Maintenance of the said Forts and Settlements.

The first of the said Resolutions, being read a Second time, was, upon the Question put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.

The Second of the said Resolutions being read a Second time;

Resolved, nemine contradicente, That the House doth agree with the Committee, in the said Resolution, That the Trade and Navigation to the Coast of Africa ought never to be taxed with any Duties whatsoever, for the Support and Maintenance of any Forts and Settlements there.

The Third of the said Resolutions being read a Second time, viz. That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That British Forts and Settlements on the Coast of Africa are necessary, for securing and preserving to Great Britain the Trade to those Parts;

An Amendment was proposed to be made to the said Resolution, by leaving out from the Word “necessary” to the Word “those,” and instead thereof, to insert these Words, “to be maintained, as Marks of the Possessions of Great Britain in.”

And the said Amendment was, upon the Question put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.

Resolved, That the House doth agree with the Committee in the said Resolution so amended, That British Forts and Settlements on the Coast of Africa are necessary to be maintained, as Marks of the Possessions of Great Britain in these Parts.

* Journals of the House of Commons, XXI, 522–23.

-1973-

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