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London: Printed, and sold by John Nutt,, 1703. Planting colonies in the Spanish Americas Small quarto (205 x 162 mm). Disbound pamphlet with remnants of original spine, the pages numbered in an 18th-century hand 589-654 from its original place in the sammelband volume. Lightly browned and foxed, top two cords mostly gone but bottom two holding, light worming at foot not affecting text, tiny hole affecting one letter to pp. 25/26. A very good copy, without chipping or repairs. First edition (preceding the second edition of that year with an added postscript). Published in the third year of the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), the anonymous author proposes that in return for the support of Britain and the Netherlands for the claim of the Emperor of Austria to the Spanish crown, Spain's territories in America should be ceded to the two mercantile powers. They propose a confederation which will share the treasure from the Spanish mines, keeping it out of the hands of a single monarch, and in so doing preserve the balance of power in Europe. They moreover support extending the war to the Spanish West-Indies, at that stage untouched by the conflict, and offer proposals to plant colonies there. They respond to critics who would argue that such attempts at joint control of the American mines and territories would engender war between Britain and the Netherlands, as trade brings peace, and also reject the arguments that American wealth flowing into the mercantile nations would weaken the nation, as was believed to be the case in Spain. The polemic nonetheless offers a s … [Click Below for Full Description]
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