New Spitsbergen Whaling Agreement


The Muscovy Company has announced another highly successful whaling expedition to Spitsbergen. A fleet of fourteen Company ships sailed from England, supported by four Royal Navy warships. A number of ships from other nations were turned away. A Dutch fleet of thirteen ships were met and the Company representatives negotiated an agreement with the Dutch under the monopoly granted to the Company by the English Crown. Under the agreement the four principle ports on Spitsbergen will be reserved for English ships authorized by the Company. The Dutch have been granted rights to hunt and to establish rendering sites ashore to the North and South of the English ports. In return for these concessions, the Dutch have agreed to support the English ships against all other nations that may attempt to hunt for whale in these waters.

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