Urban landscapes are always in a state of change, especially those parts which are given over to commerce, transport and industry. This is exemplified in this view of the River Thames downstream from Tower Bridge.
The Thames has been an important trade and transport route since prehistoric times. By the seventeenth century, ships were bringing all kinds of goods for sale in the city—tea, silk and spices from the far east; sugar from the Caribbean; timber from Scandinavia; coal from northeast England. Ships would wait for days to get a berth to unload.
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