National Geographic : 1920 Dec
1 i frst winierma7 ofthe colonists - Iend o ed hinQ.abowe cof,and bass, and otherfah. ofwhich they tooe yrai sore: WHEN the Pilgrims sent their agent from Leyden in 1618 to secure the consent of the English crown to the settle ment they proposed making in America, King James asked, "What profit might arise ?" The single word, "Fishing", was the reply. But the colonists did not intend to engage in fishing as a business. Only by chance did they land at Plymouth Bay and by dint of circumstances they took to the sea for a means of livelihood. Once realizing the value of this industry, however, the Massachusetts General Court soon passed enactments "for the encourage ment of men to set upon fishing". In the year 1641, Governor Winthrop reported 300,000 dry fish sent to market-the early beginning of a business that in 1918 brought to Boston, Gloucester and Port land, alone, over 300,000,000 pounds offish, valued at more than $10o,ooo,ooo. Not only in the fisheries, but in the can- ning and preserving of their products, does New England's interest extend. The latest available statistics report that Maine and Massachusetts together, in 1914, canned nearly 5,000ooo,ooo cases offish and oysters -more than half the total in the United States-and over Ioo,ooo,ooo pounds of cured fish. New England has nurtured from infancy many other industries for which she is famed, besides her fisheries, and she pos sesses ports on the Atlantic which make her the natural marketplace for European and South American trade. The Old Colony Trust Company of Boston is pre pared to render every financial service to those wishing to benefit by her many com mercial advantages oflocation and resources. We shall be glad to mail you our booklet, " Your Financial Requirements and How We Can Meet Them", outlining our many facilities. Please address Department D. OLD COLONY TRUST COMPANY BOSTO i "Mention The Geographic-It identifies you"