Navigation Acts

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Navigation Acts

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1. (Law) a series of acts of Parliament, the first of which was passed in 1381, that attempted to restrict to English ships the right to carry goods to and from England and its colonies. The attempt to enforce the acts helped cause the War of American Independence
2. (Historical Terms) a series of acts of Parliament, the first of which was passed in 1381, that attempted to restrict to English ships the right to carry goods to and from England and its colonies. The attempt to enforce the acts helped cause the War of American Independence
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The Act of Navigation is not favorable to foreign commerce, or to the growth of that opulence which can arise from it.
steel tariff's were not nearly as onerous as the absolute prohibitions Smith championed in the Act of Navigation.