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Ordinance against robbery and violence perpetrated by whalers in the Davis Strait against the local Inuit

[BROADSHEET - STATES GENERAL].
Placaet [= Placaat, verbodt tegens doen van insolentie aan de bewoonders en naturellen der Straat Davids door onderdaanen van den Staat, den 18. November 1720.].
The Hague, Paulus Scheltus, [18 November 1720]. 4to broadsheet. With the woodcut coat-of-arms of the States General at the top and a woodcut initial with the same coat-of-arms. Folded and bound in modern marbled boards. [1] leaf.
€ 1,250
Ordinance against robbery, violence and even murder perpetrated by officers, whalers and sailors fishing in the Labrador Sea and Davis Strait, West of Greenland, against the local inhabitants, the indigenous Inuit peoples. The punishments are very severe and are explicitly stated at length, including the death penalty. It notes that violence is improper and illegitimate for a civil nation and an impediment to profitable trading and whaling.
The ordinance was reprinted in the Groot placaet-boeck (vol. V, 1725, pp. 1581-1582) which refers to it as: "Placaat, verbodt tegens doen van insolentie aan de bewoonders en naturellen der Straat Davids door onderdaanen van den Staat, den 18. November 1720".
In good condition. A very rare broadsheet: we have located no other copy. Groot placaet-boeck, vol. V (to 1720; The Hague, Is. & Jac. Scheltus, 1725), pp. 1581-1582 with references to vol. III, pp. 1361-1368; and vol. IV, pp. 1354-1365; not in Knuttel; STCN.
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