Lettres patentes du roy portant reglement pour le commerce des colonies francoises données à Paris au mois d'avril 1717: [Paris?], ca. 1717-1781

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Manuscript analysis and interpretation, in unidentified hand possibly "Desmarches", of the regulations governing French colonial trade with America and the East Indies, organized to depict the evolution of French colonial trade policy during the 17th and 18th century. The author begins with preliminary observations on the royal decree of April 1717, on which all subsequent decrees concerning the French colonial trade are based. This is followed by a consideration of each of the 31 articles of the 1717 decress and a chronological and topical sequence of relevant changes effected by some 236 related prior and subsequent decress. The earliest decree related to colonial policy discussed dates to 1565. The remainder of the volume (pp. 185-238 and 253-274) is a series of memoranda on various related topics with caption titles: "Tableau des fermes royales", "Grandes gabelles", "Petites gabelles", "Traites [i.e. custom duties]", "Tabac [tobacco]", "Aydes" and others. The two final memoranda, in a different hand from the rest of the volume, are on goods exempt from taxes and duties and a "Memoire des pais de franchise en Dauphine". The latter is dated 1781. These decrees would have governed the operations of French colonial companies conducting trade in both America and Asia.
  • In French.