Suppression Of American Trade In The Early 1800's

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Suppression of American Trade in the Early 1800's

With the war between France and England resuming in 1803, the U.S. took over the prosperous task of carrying goods such as sugar and coffee from the Caribbean colonies to Europe. By doing this the U.S. provided Napoleon with the goods he needed as well causing the price of sugar and coffee from the British colonies to go down. Britain blamed their economic problems on the Americans' prosperity. The result was a suppression of American trade.

In the eyes of the British, America was guilty of reexport trade which was, as stated by the British Rule of 1756, "any trade closed in peacetime could not be reopened during war.  (pg 221, The Enduring Vision) In order to get by this law American ships would carry goods back to American ports, send them through customs, and then carry it to other countries as American goods. This was allowed until 1805 when the British courts declared this illegal. In 1806, the British established the first of a set of trade regulations known as the Orders in Council. This established a blockade of French controlled ports, to which Napoleon countered with his Continental System which seized ships obeying British regulations.

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