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That The Portuguese Have No Right Of Dominion Over The Indians By Title Of War

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This chapter contains the English translation of chapter IV of Hugo Grotius' Mare Liberum, and screenshots of each page of the original text written in Latin. The Portuguese, far from occupying the lands in question, were not engaged at the time in any war with the majority of the peoples visited by the Dutch. There was no pretext that the Portuguese could offer for going to war, since anyone who makes war upon barbarians (as the Spaniards did upon the American Indians) is wont to advance one of two pretexts: either that he is prevented by the said barbarians from engaging in trade, or else that the latter refuse to accept the doctrines of the true faith. The Portuguese certainly did obtain rights of trade from the East Indians, so that they have no cause for complaint in this respect.

Keywords: Dutch; East India; Portuguese; war



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