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From rum running to Jack Rattenbury: 10 fascinating facts from Britain’s smuggling past

From rum running to Jack Rattenbury: 10 fascinating facts from Britain’s smuggling past
Thursday 18
6:32 2019

A smuggling lugger chased by a naval brig by Thomas Buttersworth, circa 1825. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Tea, booze and tobacco: we may take them for granted today, but 300 years ago they suddenly became very expensive. That’s because the government started levying extremely high taxes on a number of everyday items in order to pay for Britain’s involvement in numerous wars during the Restoration period, leading to substantial increases in the cost of these goods. This in turn led to a rise in smuggling, as people realised they could make a profit through “free trading”. Loosely, smuggling refers to ...

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Summary: A smuggling lugger chased by a naval brig by Thomas Buttersworth, circa 1825. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Tea, booze and tobacco: we may take them for granted today, but 300 years ago they suddenly became very expensive. That’s because the government started levying extremely high taxes on a number of ...

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