Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Salem in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

West India Goods Store

Salem Maritime National Historic Site

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
 
West India Goods Store Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 12, 2021
1. West India Goods Store Marker
Inscription.  
Captain Henry Prince (1764-1846) built the store across the street about 1800 while living in the brick house next door, which he purchased from famed merchant Elias Hasket Derby. It is assumed Prince used the store as a warehouse for cargo. Today, the West India Goods Store sells items similiar to those found in Salem shops during the early nineteenth century.

Many stores in Salem specialized in selling merchandise brought back not ust from the West Indies but from ports around the world. Goods ranging from Sumatran pepper to Chinese porcelain could be found in the shops, allowing Salem residents to enjoy an unusual variety of products.

Prince, who went to sea at age 19, became a successful merchant and the owner or part-owner of nine ships. He exported local goods and imported a wide variety of luxury items into Salem, most of which were then sent to other ports.

As was common in merchant families, his son, Henry Prince, Jr. (1787-1854), joined him in business and commanded a privateer part-owned by his father during the War of 1812. He became a lieutenant in the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service about the
Paid Advertisement
Click on the ad for more information.
Please report objectionable advertising to the Editor.
Click or scan to see
this page online
time his father joined the Customs Service in 1830.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar of 1812Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1800.
 
Location. 42° 31.296′ N, 70° 53.182′ W. Marker is in Salem, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Derby Street and Palfrey Court, on the right when traveling east on Derby Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 159 Derby St, Salem MA 01970, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Derby House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hawkes House (within shouting distance of this marker); Derby Wharf (within shouting distance of this marker); The Custom House (within shouting distance of this marker); Custom House Place (within shouting distance of this marker); Wharves in the late 1800's (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Narbonne House (about 300 feet away); Home for Aged Women (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salem.
 
West India Goods Store Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 12, 2021
2. West India Goods Store Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

Share this page.  
Share on Tumblr
m=186246

CeraNet Cloud Computing sponsors the Historical Marker Database.
This website earns income from purchases you make after using our links to Amazon.com. We appreciate your support.
Paid Advertisement
Jun. 15, 2024