Jurisdiction in Marginal Seas: With Special Reference to Smuggling

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JURISDICTION IN MARGINAL SEAS

PART I
THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE
ENGLISH LAW

CHAPTER I DURING THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY

§ 1. The Rise of Smuggling in England

Smuggling to and from sea was a serious problem in England for many centuries. From the thirteenth century on, growers of wool looked longingly toward France and Holland and Sweden for markets for their surplus produce, whose exportation, however, was forbidden. From the seventeenth century on, the importation of many other articles was either highly taxed or prohibited. Smugglers, as a result, arose in vast hordes both on sea and on land. From the earliest time, drastic action was taken by the English Government to put an end to this illicit trade.

As early as 1678,1 the Board of Customs wrote to the collector of Customs at Stockton-on-Tees:

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January 11. All correspondence between the Board of Customs and the collectors of the outports as well as interdepartmental correspondence found under the English law, was taken from documents in the library of His Majesty's Customs at London, unless otherwise indicated. See the Preface for further explanation.

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