At these free ports, it will be hard if we cannot find sugars, when we carry thither all our own productions, in our own ships.
Free ports were open doors for ideas and education as well as merchandise.
The policy which led to their establishment as free ports has certainly promoted British commercial interests.
In following the history of these harbours in Europe, it is to be observed that in Great Britain free ports have never existed.
There are now no free ports in France or in French possessions; the bonding system is in force.
In Italy free ports were numerous and important, and possessed privileges which varied at different dates.
I have never been able to see that these free ports were worth one copper to us.
If the appointment of free ports would relieve us from the payment of duties, import or export, we should apply immediately.
The right of entrepôt given by this article, is almost the same thing, as the making all their ports, free ports for us.
"Get two other small islands," he said in 1864; "merely establish them as free ports" on the model of Hongkong.