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Province of Massachusetts Bay [An act to prevent destruction of wild fowl]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00321 Author/Creator: Province of Massachusetts Bay Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Pamphlets Date: 1727 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Bans night shooting of water fowl, as well as the use of floats, boats, and canoes in hunting them. Removed from "Acts and laws, passed by the Great and General Court or Assembly of His Majesty's province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England, : begun and held at Boston, upon Wednesday the thirty-first day of May, 1727. And continued by adjournment to the sixteenth day of August following." Printed by B. Green, printer to His Honour the lieut. governour & Council, for Benjamin Eliot., 1727. Bound in quarter red morrocco. One of the first conservation laws passed in British America. Evans 2902.

People: Massachusetts Bay Colony. Assembly

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Keywords/Subjects: Law, Government and Civics, Geography and Natural History

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