"when India was a new region, and only Salem knew the way thither"
Spice trading vessels off the coast of India (c.1540)
Public DomainSpice trading vessels off the coast of India (c.1540) - Credit: Circle of Joachim Patinir

During Salem's golden age of sail, Elias Hasket Derby became the first American to establish trade links between India and the New World, paving the way for the city's other powerful shipping magnates. To this day, Salem retains the motto “Divitis Indiae usque ad ultimum sinum” (“To the farthest port of the rich Indies”).



Maritime trade in India
Public DomainMaritime trade in India - Credit: Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg