Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Pacific World (Connections and Impact)

Robert Morris

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The first American ship to enter the China trade was the Empress of China, financed by Philadelphia-based banker Robert Morris. It sailed from New York to Canton in February 1784. (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress

The first American ship to enter the China trade was the Empress of China, financed by Philadelphia-based banker Robert Morris. It sailed from New York to Canton in February 1784.

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