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AMAZINGLY THOROUGH summaries of how the first 13 Colonies became states including major events and key players

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What were the Navigation Acts?

What were the Navigation Acts in the 1600s? Why did Charles II impose them? What were the effects of the Navigation Acts?


The Navigation Act of 1651 attempted to keep colonial trade in English hands by excluding Dutch and French vessels from American ports. It also required goods to be carried only on ships owned by colonial merchants or the English.


These Navigation Acts were created in 1651 to restrict foreign ships to trade between Britain and its colonies. These were created under the term mercantilism, which allowed them to think that their wealth would increase by restricting trade to certain colonies and countries.

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