From its earliest days as a Dutch trading post to its present-day incarnation as one of the world's centers of cultural and economic power, commerce has been at the center of New York City's raison d’être. Positioned strategically at the nexus of evolving flows of money, goods, and people between North America, Europe, and around the world, the city's shifting position in a global economy has driven its transformation from vital seaport to industrial powerhouse to world financial capital. While New York's role as a conduit for material ...

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