New Jersey as a Colony and as a State; One of the Original Thirteen Volume 1

New Jersey as a Colony and as a State; One of the Original Thirteen Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...Sandy Hook. To young men seeking adventure cruising in pirate craft gave opportunities for "seeing the world" and taking part in a contest which was as much a trial of seamanship as it was an effort to secure ill-gotten gain. It is believed that during these wars of England with Continental powers, for a period of one hundred years previous to the Revolution, letters under the authority of the custom officers of New Jersey were issued under specious devices, but which practically authorized piratical voyages. The spirit of piracy actuated much colonial trading, particularly in the West Indies. Freedom from capture was naturally of greater merit than more ethical considerations. Upon the high seas human life and the rights of property were of less worth than upon land, both because of the difficulty of enforcing admiralty law and the greater freedom of a ship where the crew was often changed and the master's will was the sole source of power. An industry, now abandoned, but once so actively prosecuted as to be extremely profitable, led to the settlement of the seashore fronts of Cape May, Atlantic, and Ocean Counties. The presence of whales upon the coast of New Jersey caused Long Island and New England whalers to send fishermen to the southward. Settling temporarily, and lastly permanently, near Cape May and Tuckerton, the whalers in their small but stanch boats ranged the coast from Sandy Hook to the eastern shore. That the industry was of importance is shown by the instructions to Governor Gawen Lawry, given at London, July 20, 1683, which provide that he should " take particular inspection into the conveniency of fishing especially as to the whale fishing, which we the Proprietors desire may be encouraged," lest the...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236618378
  • 9781236618375