An Act for Encouraging the Tobacco Trade. 1714.


North Carolina commerce was subject to British trade laws and to regulations imposed by its own legislature. British trade laws were much more rigorously enforced than were the colonial regulations, largely due to the zeal of British naval officers who were required to keep a record of imports and exports, make lists of all ships entering and clearing the colony's five ports, and examine certificates of registration. Historians generally believe that North Carolina's early colonial trade was probably helped more than hampered by the various navigation and trade acts, even though certain enumerated commodities, including tobacco, could be exported from the colony only to ports of the British empire.[NCH]

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