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That The Portuguese Cannot Appeal To Any Equity In Their Prohibition Of Trade

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This chapter contains the English translation of chapter XII of Hugo Grotius' Mare Liberum, and screenshots of each page of the original text written in Latin. The foregoing comments reveal blind covetousness of those who, in an attempt to prevent admittance of any other person to share of the gains, are striving to placate their consciences with arguments which exactly the learned authorities of the Spaniards-who are doing the same thing-have convincingly demonstrated to be evidently vain. It is natural, and compatible with the highest form of law as well as with the principle of equity, that every individual should prefer to have himself a commonly accessible source of profit. The cause of the Dutch is more than that of a competitor, inasmuch as their own profit in this case is bound up with profit to the entire human race, a universal benefit which the Portuguese are attempting to destroy.

Keywords: Dutch; law; Portuguese; principle of equity; Spaniards



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