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That The Portuguese Have No Right Of Dominion, By Title Of Discovery, Over Those Indians To Whom The Dutch Sail

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This chapter contains the English translation of chapter II of Hugo Grotius' Mare Liberum, and screenshots of each page of the original text written in Latin. In this chapter II, the author argues that the Portuguese have no right of dominion, by title of discovery, over those Indians to whom the Dutch sail. By paying the tributes levied and also by the very act of petitioning the rulers for the right of trade, the Portuguese themselves testify clearly enough to the fact that they are not the owners of those lands but foreign visitors. At the time when the Portuguese first came to the East Indies, the natives of that region nevertheless enjoyed public and private ownership of their own property and possessions, an attribute which could not be taken from them without just cause.

Keywords: Dutch sail; East Indies; Portuguese



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