1683Gloucester was formally established as a port and annexed under the jurisdiction of Salem.Economy and Industry, Economy, Maritime & Fishing Industry

Marblehead, Beverly, Gloucester, Ipswich, Rowley, Newbury and Salisbury were annexed to the port of Salem by order of the Court of Assistants, where “all ships and other vessels shall lade or unlade any of the plantations’ enumerated goods, or other goods from foreign ports, and nowhere else, on penalty of the confiscation of such ship or vessel, with her goods and tackle, as shall lade or unlade elsewhere.” The Salem customs officer was to collect taxes on the shipping traffic of these ports. (General Court Records, 384)

Massachusetts Colony; Nathanial Bradstreet Shurtleff ed.; Massachusetts General Court. Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England. 1854, https://archive.org/details/recordsofgoverno05mass/page/n5/mode/2up Hurd, D. Hamilton (Duane Hamilton) ed. History of Essex County, Massachusetts, with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Philadelphia, J. W. Lewis & Co., 1888, http://archive.org/details/historyofessexco01hurdd
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