USM Open Source History Text: The World at War: World History 1914-1945

Mercury directs the flow of goods

Depicted here is an idealized vision of 18th century commerce. The "east" is offering its goods to the personification of Britain. The "east" gives its cloth, precious stones, tea, and porcelain, all destined to travel with old-man Thames, who represents the Thames River in London. But what does the artist imagine Britannia gives in return?

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