In the earliest days following the “discovery” of the Americas, settlements relied on shipping from across the sea for many different kinds of supplies. Long before the days of needing a procurement certification and all of the other necessaries of today’s shipping methods, shipping to South America, Africa, and Europe was an extremely perilous task, attempted by explorers and those who would dare to take chances.
Over the next few hundred years, shipping evolved from being a one-way situation to multiple shipping lanes of give and take. Products and important papers and many other things began to be shipped back and forth between the American colonies and Europe. It