"This enterprising merchant, founder of the American Fur Company, was born in a village near Heidelberg, in Germany." —The Popular Cyclopedia, 1888

John Jacob Astor

"This enterprising merchant, founder of the American Fur Company, was born in a village near Heidelberg,…

The Merchant from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Illustrated by Agnus MacDonall.

The Merchant

The Merchant from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Illustrated by Agnus MacDonall.

"And they come to Jerusalem: and he entered into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and them that bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that sold the doves; and he would not suffer that any man should carry a vessel through the temple. And he taught, and said unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations? but ye have made it a den of robbers." Mark 11:15-17 ASV
<p>Illustration of Jesus casting money-changers and merchants out of the temple.

Cleansing of the Temple

"And they come to Jerusalem: and he entered into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and…

Pierre du Gua de Monts, (c. 1558 - 1628) was a French merchant, explorer and colonizer.

Sieur de Monts

Pierre du Gua de Monts, (c. 1558 - 1628) was a French merchant, explorer and colonizer.

(1724-1792) Merchant and Revolutionary politician who served in the Second Continental Congress

Henry Laurens

(1724-1792) Merchant and Revolutionary politician who served in the Second Continental Congress

Henry Laurens (March 6, 1724 &ndash; December 8, 1792) was an American merchant and rice planter from South Carolina who became a political leader during the Revolutionary War.

Henry Laurens

Henry Laurens (March 6, 1724 – December 8, 1792) was an American merchant and rice planter from…

British merchant and yachtsman

Sir Thomas Lipton

British merchant and yachtsman

Merchant Booths from an illuminated MS, representing Venice in the 14th century.

Merchant Booth

Merchant Booths from an illuminated MS, representing Venice in the 14th century.

A Christian merchant who introduced Europeans to Central Asia and China.

Marco Polo

A Christian merchant who introduced Europeans to Central Asia and China.

"The Egyptian shops exhibited many curious scenes. Poulters suspended geese and other birds from a pole in front of the shop, which, at the same time, supported an awning to shade them from the sun." &mdash; Goodrich, 1844

Egyptian shop

"The Egyptian shops exhibited many curious scenes. Poulters suspended geese and other birds from a pole…

Thomas Truxtun (February 17, 1755 – May 5, 1822) was an American naval officer who rose to the rank of commodore. Born near Hempstead, New York on Long Island, Truxtun had little formal education before joining the crew of the British merchant ship Pitt at the age of twelve. By the time he was twenty, however, his talents had garnered him the command of his own vessel, the Andrew Caldwell. He operated as a privateer during the American Revolutionary War, commanding several ships: Congress, Independence, Mars and St. James. Truxtun was highly successful in capturing enemy ships during this period, not once suffering a defeat. He was buried at Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Thomas Truxtun's Grave

Thomas Truxtun (February 17, 1755 – May 5, 1822) was an American naval officer who rose to the rank…