1732Trade began with southern colonies during the winter.People and Communities, Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry, African American History

During the winter when it was too dangerous to fish very far off-shore, the larger fishing vessels would transport goods between the northern and southern colonies, and particularly with the West Indies. In exchange for salt cod and other local products, they would trade for salt, rum, sugar, and molasses, as well as less common items like iron, wood, and cloth. Enslaved people were also exchanged through these trade channels. The captain and crew did not receive wages for these journeys but instead earned a percentage of the profits from the sale of goods that they traded.

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