Title: View of Surat from the sea.
Description: Unable to exchange its woollen cloth for spices, the East India Company was forced to buy cottons from India, which they could then sell for spices in the East Indies. The first trading post they had in India was at the powerful Gujerati city of Surat in 1607. It was, said one trader, 'the fountainhead from which we may draw all the trade of the East Indies, for we find here merchandise we can take and sell in nearly all parts of the Indies and in England'.
Creator: Ludolf Bakhuizen (1631-1708 ).
Date: c. 1670
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London