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tax charles

An English tax on maritime areas to support royal naval forces, abuse of which brought discredit to Charles I. The tax, dating from mediaeval times, had been collected without difficulty under James I. Charles I's extension of the tax to inland shires in 1635 caused opposition. The proposal to make it permanent in 1636 provoked refusals to pay by John Hampden and others; it was outlawed in 1641.

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