Continental Association

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The Continental Association was a trade embargo implemented by the Continental Congress in 1774 against Britain with the goal of increasing pressure to address colonial grievances. One main focus was the Intolerable Acts, which the colonists sought to repeal.

Among other things, the Association contained a clause banning all trade with ships transporting slaves.[1]


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  1. The Continental Association, October 20, 1774, "2. We will neither import nor purchase, any slave imported after the first day of December next; after which time, we will wholly discontinue the slave trade, and will neither be concerned in it ourselves, nor will we hire our vessels, nor sell our commodities or manufactures to those who are concerned in it."