Essay on Appealing the Navigation Acts

596 Words Sep 19th, 2014 3 Pages
To Whom it may concern,
I am here to request enforcement of British Mercantilist policies, including the Navigation Acts. The two main purposes of the Navigation Acts are: to protect British shipping against competition from foreign powers, and to grant British merchants a monopoly on colonial commodities increase their personal bullion supply. The set of laws passed in 1645-1663, provided the basis of the Navigation Acts. These acts set up several laws and restrictions that give Britain a monopoly on economic control, establish England as the main market for products/good for the colonies, and provide a steady bullion influx into Britain.
One of the first Navigation Acts passed in 1651 stated that goods could only enter England,
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Additionally, we provide the colonies with military goods and protection from other nations and outside threats. The intent of this Navigation act was to prevent the colonies from trading with any other countries other than Great Britain, therefore England could set the price on products high and continue rise to the top of the global economic ladder.
All of these Navigation Acts came about in the context of Mercantilism, the dominant economic system of this time among all the European powers. According to mercantilist thought, a nation measures its wealth in bullion, or accumulated supply of gold. Then, because there is a finite supply of gold in the world, there is also a finite supply of wealth. To retain wealth in the mercantilist imperial economy, a trading power must utilize its colonies' resources within a closed-trade system, just like the Navigation Acts are implementing. Under all these acts, our British colonies all over the globe can import and export goods only in English vessels, and three-fourths of each crew must be English. Through the Navigation Acts, England is trying to establish itself as the gatekeeper of colonial imports and exports.
As long as the trade and navigation laws are limited to promotion of total commerce of the empire, they generally found support in eighteenth-century America. The enumerated products are still largely coming from the colonies that are loyal. The bounties were implemented largely to the

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