High Seas Investment Lessons come to Dry Land

For Europeans in the 1500s the spice trade routes were fantastically profitable, but also hazardous in the extreme, and not just from the arduous journey in wooden ships on storm thrashed seas. With armed merchant ships from the Netherlands, England, Spain and Portugal traveling to Asia, they literally battled with each other to steal cargo, control port access, and with those high demand goods, control market share and pricing. With the rich potential of of doubling investments in a year’s journey, money flooded into these shipping ventures.

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