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Chapter 7: The Road to Revolution, 1763-1775

admiralty courts

in British law, special administrative courts designed to handle maritime cases without a jury.


to decrease in value, as in the decline of the purchasing power of money.


to leave official government or military service without permission.

direct tax

tax imposed to raise revenue rather than to regulate trade.


a customs tax on the export or import of goods.


the economic theory that all parts of an economy should be coordinated for the good of the whole state; hence, that colonial economics should be subordinated for the benefit of an empire.


the complete control of a product or sphere of economic activity by a single producer or business.


a person of mixed African and European ancestry.

non-importation agreement

pledges to boycott, or decline to purchase, certain goods from abroad.


a systematic program or particular materials designed to promote certain ideas; sometimes but not always the term is used negatively, implying the use of manipulative or deceptive means.

virtual representation

the political theory that a class of persons is represented in a lawmaking body without direct vote.

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