(France – Sovereigns)
Ordonnance Du Roy, Du treizieme Janvier 1672. Qui Declare, Quà commencer du premier jour de Février prochain, il sera payé aux Negocians Francois, Quatre livres pour chacun Baril de Chair de Boeuf, qu’ils seront saler en ce Royaume, & qu’il envoyeront aux Isle de l’Amerique: Comme aussi Dix livres pour chacune Teste de noir qui seront prises aux Costes de Guinée, & portées ausdites Isles; Et Trois livres au Capitaine du Vaisseau qui les passera, &c.

[Np. N.d] (1672) small quarto, 3 [1] pp., a fine untrimmed copy.

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This decree grants a subsidy to French traders shipping French salt beef to America, half of which was paid by the Crown and half by the Compagnie des Indes Occidentales, in order to encourage the manufacture of salt beef in France rather than having to purchase it abroad, at the same time ensuring the supply to the American colonies of a sufficient subsidy.

Likewise, and almost as an after thought, it mentions a subsidy for every African Slave taken on the Coasts of Gunea and brought to America.

Variant issue of Wroth and Annan 135, see Maggs French Colonisation of America, 28, this issue (£ 10 10s in 1936).