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This brief Speech by the second Duke of Queensbury, Lord High Treasurer, Keeper of the Privy Seal, and Lord High Commissioner to the Parliament in Scotland, states "For I can boldly say, that I have Power and Instructions, for everything that appear'd Necessary or Convenient for the Good and Advantage of the Nation, as to their Religion, Property, Liberty, Trade, and particularly what could be most solid Use to our African and Indian Company." The Royal African Company was a mercantile company set up by the Stuart family and London merchants to trade along the west coast of Africa. It was led by James, Duke of York, Charles II's brother. Its original purpose was to exploit the gold fields up the Gambia River identified by Prince Rupert during the Interregnum, and it was set up once Charles II gained the English throne in the English Restoration of 1660. However, it was soon engaged in the slave trade as well as with other commodities. Its original Charter in 1660 was reinforced in 1672.
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