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Establishing a Revenue System
Coasting Act [HR-16]
Coasting Act [HR-16], August 5, 1789
(Courtesy of the National Archives)

Regulation of the trade between ports in the United States and encouraging American shipping were also responsibilities of the Congress. This legislation benefitted American owned ships involved in the coastal trade that had been built in the United States, and ships that had been built elsewhere before May 16, 1789.

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