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We learn that at this time it was the great mart of slaves.
It is the chief mart in the empire for resin and palm-oil.
These figures point to the fact that London is essentially a mart, and neither is itself, nor is the especial outlet for, a large manufacturing centre; hence imports greatly exceed exports.
But as the city became the recognized mart for exchange of goods between east and west, the freedom of the western outlet assumed the aspect of a paramount question.
This included the abattoir operated by Orkney Meat, Orkney Auction Mart and the new Orkney Cheese creamery.