"Great talk of the Duch proclaiming themselfs in India lords of the Southern Seas and deny traffique there to all ships but their own, upon pain of confiscation -- which makes our merchants mad. Great doubt of two ships of ours, the Greyhound and another very rich, coming from the Streights, for fear of the Turkes."

-- From the diary of Samuel Pepys, February 9, 1664

Reprinted by permission of the following. Part 1: La Route de La Soie, Luce Boulonois, Editions Arthaud, 1964; Part 2: The Shorter Pepys, edited by Robert Latham, University of California Press, 1985; Part 3: The Wheels of Commerce, Fernand Braudel, Librairie Armand Colin, Paris, 1979. English translation copyright 1982 by William Collins Sons Ltd. and Harper & Row Publishers Inc., 1982. Reprinted by permission of Harper & Row; Part 4: Thomas Jefferson: Writings, edited by Merrill D. Peterson, The Library of America, 1986