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A staple was a trading centre in England or occasionally abroad, where traders deposited commodities, bought and sold there. Edward II is regarded as the ‘father of the English Staple’ since it was during his reign that the Ordinance of the Staple (1313) made the system compulsory. The aim was to regulate commerce in important commodities, especially wool, wool cloth, leather, and tin, and, by confining trade to a few named staple towns to facilitate the collection of tolls and the maintenance of quality.

Subjects: British History.

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