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2.7 Comparison in Trade from 1200-1450

1 min readnovember 30, 2021

Katie Moore


AP World History 🌍

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Comparison of Economic Exchange

Similarities and Differences among various trade networks:

Similarities:

  • All respective trade networks demonstrated an exchange of cultural, technological, and biological diffusion within and between various societies
    • Ex. Buddhism along the Silk Roads, Hinduism in the Indian Ocean, Islam in trans-Saharan routes
  • Commercial improvement led to an increase in the volume of trade among these networks which expanded trade networks
  • Trade networks promoted new trading cities
  • Innovations in pre-existing transport and commercial technologies impacted the growth of trade. Innovations such as the caravanserai, forms of credit, and the development of money economies
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Silk Road Caravanserai. Image Courtesy of gounesco.com

Differences:

  • The types of exports that these trade networks had were significantly different
    • Silk Roads traded luxury items while Indian Ocean trade common goods in bulk
  • The trade networks produced items that were symbolic to their respective regions
  • Changes in trade routes were a result of increasing productive capacity, with the vital role of social and gender structures and environmental occurrences. 
    • The need for luxury goods increased in Afro-Eurasia
    • Chinese, Persian, and Indian merchants expanded the supply of textiles and porcelains for export
    • Production of iron & steel expanded in China
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