I have been a wee-bit slow to merge Tradewars.org and The Stardock, but the big chunk of the work is now done. You can now view a big chunk of Trade Wars history from 1997 to present in the Library.

Direct Link:
Tradewars.org History

Some interesting articles to start you off –
Is Tradewars Dying? Posted April 1998!

The Original BOTE’s Rules