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Mercantilism is an economic theory that says that a nation should export more than is imported and acquire more gold and other precious metals to make up the difference. Its initial success was deceptive by the fact that the mother country controlled all aspects of the trade and benefited Britain more than the colonies. Because of the extra cost the colonies developed the triangular trade system which was illegal but more profitable. To rebut this Britain passed the Navigation act which gave customs agents the right to search for the illegal trading. A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A

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