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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1806 Excerpt: ...that island, has no less than twelve privateers, who are continually annoying our trade in the Windward Passage. Curacoa' also and the harbour of Santo Domingo, are become most troublesome neighbours to Jamaica. Can we wonder that the colonial ports should furnish so many cruizers? greater cause of surprise, if they should not soon be multiplied tenfold. Nothing but the small degree of encouragement given by the Spanish government to offensive enterprises during the last war, and the known state of the French colonies at that period, could have saved our merchants and underwriters, from sooner smarting in way very severely, through our complaisance:6 the neutral flag. Let it be considered, that the Creole seamen domiciled in the hostile colonies, who are employed in time of peace in what may be called See an authentic account of their particular dcsc"ipt':ons and force in the London Papers of September 17th, 1805. It will be a much..» the interior navigation of the West Indies, and the mariners of the isles of France and Bourbon, who usually pursue their occupation in the oriental seas, can now have no civil employment in those regions under their own flags; for the intercourse between the different colonies of the same state, as well as the colonial trafiic with neighbouring foreigners, is, like the intercourse with Europe, carried on wholly in neutral vessels. These seamen, though pretty numerous, espeCially in the Spanish settlements, very rarely engage under a. foreign commercial flag; ofwhicll their religious prejudices as bigotted papists, and their personal insecurity, as being mostly of African extraction, are probably the principal causes.-The entering on board privateers therefore, for the purpose of cruising against our commerce i...
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