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Charles II, King of England (1630-1685) [Royal order to expedite the outfitting of the Castle Finship, which is to accompany the Dyamond to New York].

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03306 Author/Creator: Charles II, King of England (1630-1685) Place Written: London, England Type: Document signed Date: 18 March 1674 Pagination: 1 p. 32 x 19 cm

Summary of Content: Countersigned by Secretary of the Admiralty Board Samuel Pepys.

People: Charles II, King of England, 1630-1685

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: Global History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyTravelMaritimeNavyImmigration and Migration

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