Excerpt from Merchant Venturers of Old Salem: A History of the Commercial Voyages of a New England Family to the Indies and Elsewhere in the XVIII Century
This book describes how commerce was carried on by American merchants in the early years of our his tory and illustrates ... how contemporary political events in America and Europe afiected American trade. By tracing the career of a typical family of New Eng land merchants a picture is obtained of that romantic period when diminutive ships, manned often by mere boys and laden with homely cargoes of rum, fish, cheese, or lumber, sailed away for the distant markets of the East, to return years later, their holds filled with teas, spices, or rich silks.
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