and Regulating Abuses in the Plantation Trade
(7& 8 Will. III, c. 22), 10 April 1696*
Whereas notwithstanding divers acts made for the encouragement of the navigation of this kingdom, and for the better securing and regulating the plantation trade, more especially one act of parliament made in the twelfth year of the reign of the late King Charles the Second, intituled, An act for increasing of shipping and navigation, another act made in the fifteenth year of the reign of his said late Majesty, intituled, An act for the encouragement of trade, another act made in the two and twentieth and three and twentieth years of his said late Majesty’s reign, intituled, An act to prevent the planting of tobacco in England, and for regulating the plantation trade, another act made in the twenty fifth year of the reign of his said late Majesty, intituled, An act for the encouragement of the Greenland and Eastland trades, and for the better securing the plantation trades, great abuses are daily committed to the prejudice of the English navigation, and the loss of a great part of the plantation trade to this kingdom, by the artifice and cunning of ill-disposed persons: For remedy whereof for the future,
II. Be it enacted, and it is hereby enacted and ordained by the King’s most excellent majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the lords spiritual and temporal, and commons, in parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, That after the five and twentieth day of March, one thousand six hundred ninety eight, no goods or merchandizes whatsoever shall be imported into, or exported out of, any colony or plantation to his Majesty, in Asia, Africa or America, belonging, or in his possession, or which may hereafter belong unto, or be in the possession of his Majesty, his heirs or successors, or shall be laden in, or carried from any one port or place in the said colonies or plantations to any other port or place in the same, the kingdom of England, dominion of Wales, or town of Berwick upon Tweed, in any ship or bottom, but what is or shall be of the built of England, or of the built of Ireland, or the said colonies or plantations, and wholly owned by the people thereof, or any of them, and navigated with the matters and three fourths of the mariners of the said places only (except such ships only as are or shall be taken as prize, and condemnation thereof made in one of the courts of admiralty in England, Ireland, or the said colonies or plantations, to be navigated by the master and three fourths of the mariners English, or of the said plantations as aforesaid, and whereof the
* Statutes at Large, IX, 428–34.