Navigation Act of 1817

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NAVIGATION ACT OF 1817. The Navigation Act of 1817 was one of many American steps toward national self-sufficiency that followed the War of 1812. An effort to regain the lucrative West Indian trade, which the British had closed after the war, this act stated that all cargo between American ports must only be carried in ships entirely owned by American citizens or belonging to West Indian merchants. Tonnage duties on vessels licensed for coastwise trade were set at six cents a ton on vessels manned by Americans and fifty cents for others.


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John HaskellKemble/h. s.

See alsoCoasting Trade ; Triangular Trade .