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Definition of "Bottomry"

Method of transferring pure risks that is perhaps the seed of the modern day insurance policy. Ancient Greece held to the concept that a loan on a ship was canceled if the ship failed to return to its port. This concept was adopted by Lloyd's of London in the 1600s when insuring England's merchants for goods shipped to the colonies. The formation of property and casualty insurance companies worldwide began by insuring the transport of merchandise over bodies of water.

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