The ancient mariners were mainly traders, from the ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, ect.... to the later sailing ships had their various trade
networks, revolving around spices, slaves, tobacco, rum
, and so on... Every place a trader would visit, they would drop off cargo, and pick cargo up, and hopefully make a profit. Once a trading circuit could be established, they would follow that circuit as long as it was profitable. I think this still happens with some of the Dhow (sp?) routes on the African and Arab coasts. I think it still can be done in most tropical places.
For me, all illegal or harmful goods are forbidden. I'm mainly talking about small scale barter, and hoping to earn that magic $500 per month by just bartering. I know in Mexico
and Latin America, cheap clothing
with any American college or sports team can be sold
or bartered for a decent profit (even if the clothing
is used). Barter is the best option since money
doesnt change hands. For example: "5 Oakland Raiders jackets for 20 gallons of Diesel"......
I'm sure this is going to be a fun thread, but serious commentary is invited here.
I know most are going to have fun with this thread.....