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great restraints laid on any articles of merchandize, serve but to enhance their, value, to make them be sought after with more avidity, and to encourage their clandestine importation. It was found, that the friars and women, whose persons were held free from scrutiny, smuggled on shore great quantities of these goods; and in consequence, neither are now permitted to go on board any vessel, without express leave from the Governor. The importation of tobacco, by private traders, is also forbidden, Government drawing part of its colonial revenue from the exclusive sale of this article.
Santa Cruz has but three churches; rather a small number for the religion of its inhabitants, which teaches, that