Montesquieu

When the Portuguese and the Castilians domi­na­ted the East Indies, trade had such rich bran­ches that their prin­ces did not fail to seize them. That rui­ned their set­tle­ments in those parts.

The vice­roy of Goa gran­ted exclu­sive pri­vi­le­ges to pri­vate citi­zens. No one has confi­dence in such peo­ple : trade is inter­rup­ted by the cons­tant change of those to whom it is entrus­ted ; no one main­tains this trade or cares about lea­ving it to his suc­ces­sor in ruins ; in short, the pro­fit remains in pri­vate hands and is not widely enough sha­red.