Saturday, December 19, 2009

Howardries ...

... Howardries ...

... le pont Louvet ...

... Estaminet Louvet Lecat, tavern/grocery store ...

... in its heyday this tavern was the watering-hole
for many a smuggler ...

... The institution of the salt tax in the 14th century
and later the closing of the borders had for main
consequences the development of smuggling.

In the course of the centuries, the smuggling
became a common practice
Indeed, the taxes on tabac and alcohol,
established by the French State, were more
and more heavy for the French people.

That's why the defrauders were particularly astute
to escape from the zealous custom officers.

Indeed, they ran the risk of being branded, and were
also threatened with many years of hard labour
and even with the death penalty.

At the time every stratagems were used to convey
every kind of merchandises to France:
pregnant woman, dogs, cars and a lot more.

But the French were not the only persons to defraud.
Belgians did it too with alcohol, suits and books ...
carnet 'Une frontiere en Scarpe-Escaut?'

... Smuggling ... (EN)
... has a long and controversial history, probably dating back
to the first time at which duties were imposed in any form ...