London. 1740. 5,24,pp. Folio. Modern brown cloth, spine gilt. Corners bumped. Minor foxing. Very good. Item #WRCAM42773
After consolidating their power over most of the Leeward Islands in the late 17th century, the British set about instituting a uniform code of laws. This volume contains the segment of laws from 1690 to 1705. Most of the laws were passed on and pertain to Antigua, the largest island in the group and the British colonial headquarters in the Leeward Islands. A handful of acts refer particularly to Nevis. The entire gamut of judicial, economic, and social intercourse is covered, including the establishment of a legal system, rules governing servants and laborers, weights and measures, agriculture, trade, and the local militia. Several acts address the issues of religion, regulating against Jews and Catholics. ESTC T72511. BEINECKE LESSER ANTILLES COLLECTION 163 (ref). EUROPEAN AMERICANA 740/176.