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That By The Law Of Nations Navigation Is Free For Everybody To Whomsoever

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This chapter demonstrates briefly and clearly that the Dutch, the subjects of the Estates of the confederated Dutch Provinces, have the right to sail to the Indians as they are now doing and to engage in trade with them. It argues on the following unimpeachable rule of the law of nations which they call primary, the reason of which is self-evident and immutable, to wit: Every nation is free to travel to every other nation and to trade with it. The right to engage in commerce pertains equally to all peoples; and jurisconsults of the greatest renown extend the application of this principled to the point where they deny that any state or prince has the power to issue a general prohibition forbidding others to enjoy access to or trade with the subjects of that state or prince. This doctrine is the source of the sacrosanct law of hospitality.

Keywords: Dutch province; law of hospitality; law of nations



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