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
The Beverly Historical Society
U.S. National Park Service Department of the Interior