Our exhibit on The Salem Pepper Trade includes stories about the merchants who opened up the Asian markets; the tremendous fortunes built on “black gold”, the huge risks that Salem mariners faced at sea and among sometimes hostile peoples.
Additional Online Resources 1. “Salem Vessels And Their Voyages: A History Of The Pepper Trade
With The Island Of Sumatra” by George Granville Putnam 2. Origins of the Salem City Seal
3. “Pepper and Pirates; Adventures in the Sumatra Pepper trade of Salem” Available online book by James Duncan Phillips Exhibit Sponsors and Contributors Display Sponsor: Jeffrey P. Beale Text Content: David Goss; Ken Harris Visual Content: Great Island Design; The Peabody Essex Museum;