Sovereignty of Spitsbergen Asserted

His Majesty King James I of England

1610

His Majesty King James I of England has asserted English sovereignty over the Spitsbergen. His Majesty has become aware that vessels from other countries have been sailing the waters off Spitsbergen in the hunt for whales. Ambassadors have been dispatched to offending countries to assert English sovereignty over Spitsbergen and to assert His Majesty’s right to maintain the monopoly granted by Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth to the Muscovy Company to hunt whales in the waters around Spitsbergen.

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