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3rd April, 1776

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3rd April, 1776

Post by flouna on Sun Apr 03 2011, 21:34

On this day, Congress authorizes privateers to attack British vessels.
The continental Congress gives privateers permission to attack any and all British ships, because it lacked sufficient funds to build a strong navy.
The issued letters, which were called "Letters of Marque and Reprisal" permitted privateers to act on their behalf, and attack ships carrying the flags of the enemy nation (Britain). Any goods captured by the privateer were divided between the ship's owner and the government that had issued the letter.
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