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The Adventurers Act.

19 March 1642.

 

 

The Adventurers Act was passed by the Long Parliament on 19 March 1642, its purpose was to raise money to suppress the uprising which was taking place in Ireland. Under the act persons who were willing to provide £200.00 to the government would receive 1,000 acres of land in Ireland which was to be confiscated from its Irish owners.

In July of the following year Parliament passed the Doubling Ordinance Act which doubled the allocation of land to anyone who increased their original investment by 25%. Putting that in today's terms it was possible to acquire land in Ireland for 12.5 pence an acre.

It is said by 1653 some 11,000,000 acres had been confiscated and distributed between Cromwell's supporters, soldiers.and English investors.

 
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