Foreign ships had been forbidden to trade in California, but since Spanish ships were not frequent there had been smuggling trade much needed by the California was. After the independence of Mexico the governors of California open the ports where Yankee captain soon built a thriving business. The Boston ships anchored offshore and whole families were brought aboard by small boat. There was some silver coin but most trading was done with hides brought by correct of load and when their merchandise was gone the ships, loaded with hides, sailed for home. The brig Pilgrim took five months out of Boston to Santa Barbara by Cape Horn, and a two-year voyage to collect tides and return. But in the 40s the clipper ships came flying around the Horn 90 days to California.