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📑 Document Based Questions (DBQ)
🚀 Thematic Guides
Theme 1 (ENV) - Humans and the Environment
Theme 2 (CDI) - Cultural Developments and Interactions
Theme 3 (GOV) - Governance
Theme 4 (ECON) - Economic Systems
Theme 5 (SOC) - Social Interactions and Organizations
Theme 6 (TECH) - Technology and Innovation
🗺 Regional Guides
The Pacific from 1200 to the Present
🐎 Unit 1: The Global Tapestry
1.0Overview of Unit 1: The Global Tapestry
1.1East Asia from 1200-1450
1.2Dar al-Islam from 1200-1450
1.4The Americas from 1200 to 1450
1.6Europe from 1200 to 1450
🐫 Unit 2: Networks of Exchange
2.0Overview of Unit 2: Networks of Exchange
2.3Indian Ocean Trade Routes
2.4Trans-Saharan Trade Routes
2.5Cultural Effects of Trade
2.6Environmental Effects of Trade
🕌 Unit 3: Land-Based Empires
3.0Overview of Unit 3: Land-Based Empires
3.1Expansion of Land-Based Empires
3.2Governments of Land-Based Empires
🍕 Unit 4: Transoceanic Interconnections
4.0Overview of Unit 4: Transoceanic Interconnections
4.1New Technologies from 1450-1750
4.4Maritime Empires Established
4.5Expansion of Maritime Empires
4.6Resistance to European Expansion
✊ Unit 5: Revolutions
5.2Revolutions from 1750-1900
5.5Technology in the Industrial Age
5.7Economic Effects of Industrialization
🚂 Unit 6: Consequences of Industrialization
6.0Overview of Unit 6: Consequences of Industrialization
💣 Unit 7: Global Conflict
7.0Overview of Unit 7: Global Conflict
7.6Causes of World War II
🥶 Unit 8: Cold War & Decolonization
8.0Overview of Unit 8: Cold War & Decolonization
8.2The Cold War
8.3Effects of the Cold War
8.4Spread of Communism After 1900
8.5Decolonization After 1900
8.6Newly Independent States After 1900
8.8End of the Cold War
✈️ Unit 9: Globalization
🤓 Historical Thinking Skills
Continuity and Change Over Time in the AP Histories
Causation in the AP Histories
Comparison in the AP Histories
👉 Introduction to AP World
⏱️ 2 min read
October 20, 2020
It’s important to define the different environmental impacts that trade networks had on various societies. Along with goods and beliefs, diseases and crops spread along these routes too-- some of which would alter the way the world worked forever.
Okay, this is the big one. The Bubonic Plague was one of the most feared diseases of the 14th century. This gruesome disease spread through infected rats that came off ships when they docked. The name Black Death, came from the swollen glands in a person’s neck, armpits and thighs that turned black.
The Plague started in China around the 1300's, then swept into Europe, via trade routes, causing the decimation of up to half their population. None of that would have been possible without trade routes. It’s also important to note that the Mongols used biological warfare as a means to spread the plague to Europe-- to conquer neighboring territories, Mongols would often load infected people into catapults and launch them over walls. The resulting spread of disease would kill the people inside, weakening the city and allowing the Mongols to take over far more efficiently. Brutal? Absolutely. But it was effective.
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Many crops diffused throughout these roads as well, but the College Board only requires you to know three: bananas, new rice varieties (champa rice), and citrus. Let’s go through them!
Bananas originated in Pacific region and Southeast Asia, and from there, Arab traders utilized the Indian Ocean trade network to bring them everywhere, especially in Africa, where cultivating them became lucrative.
New rice varieties, specifically champa rice, spread first from Southeast Asia to China, since Vietnam was under Chinese control through the tribute system. Vietnam gave China champa rice, which was drought-resistant and early-ripening. It was the perfect rice to grow, since it produced more of the crop, in a much faster amount of time. China quickly adopted it, and champa rice became a staple of the Chinese diet.
Citrus originated in Southeast Asia, similar to bananas, and through the Indian Ocean and Silk Road trade networks to the Mediterranean.
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