Stories

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Stories

are how we connect the past with the present, and preserve the events of the present for future generations. Stories also connect the resources of Salem Maritime with the world beyond the borders of the site. The international trade of the late 18th and early 19th century made Salem famous from the Atlantic coast "to the farthest ports of the rich East," as the city's motto states. The operations of the Custom Service were shaped by Salem's merchants. And here as well is the history of Salem Maritime itself; an important step in the development of the National Park Service in the early twentieth century.

During the American Revolution, Salem merchants defended America and supported the economy through privateering. The international trade of the late 18th and early 19th centuries made the city famous from the Atlantic coast "to the farthest ports of the rich east," as the city’s motto says. In the twentieth century, Salem was a place of hope for thousands of immigrants who came to the area looking to start a new life. Many of the Polish immigrants in Salem lived in the neighborhood surrounding Salem Maritime.

Last updated: February 26, 2020

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