Phuket derives its wealth, formerly from tin and rubber, and has enjoyed a rich and colorful history. Blessed with teeming marine life from offshore, seafood products also provides a major source of income.  Phuket island was on one of the main trade sea routes between India and China and was often mentioned in ships’ logs of Indian, Arabian, Chinese and European visitors. The early Portuguese, Dutch, French and English, which at one time or another had established trading companies in India and were at that time seeking for spices and minerals in the Far East, traded with Phuket.