Exports fluctuated between 1804 and 1815. The losses can be compared with the gains. The rise in exports by the end of 1815 compared with the level achieved in 1804 was only $39 million higher, so this is the lowest of the four options given and the answer is Option D. In these years, the early part of the 19th century, fast powerful liners had not been developed. Immigrants still came in by wooden boats and it took up to 12 weeks to get from say Britain to America.
Increasingly , the American merchant fleet sailed all the world's seas in search of new markets and products. Imports of pepper, tea, silk, coffee, porcelain, fur, leather, wood, ivory, spices, iron, textiles, gum copal, and slaves, helped the economy and lifestyle considerably. But the exporting of fish, lumber, textiles and leather goods took time to become established. After 1815, it was a different matter.