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C HAPTER 2 S TARTING WITH C HINA Chapter 2 analyzes how Chinese, Indians, and Arabs interacted in the Indian Ocean both before and after Europeans made their appearance there beginning about 1500. Indian Ocean trade was a major generator of wealth in the world, and gaining access to it was important to many societies. Also very important in setting into motion dynamics that would have a huge impact on the course of world history were the Chinese voyages of discovery in the early 1400s, and the Chinese decision to base its monetary system on silver. The chapter also describes the creation and expansion of the Islamic world, African societies and the place of Africa in the world trading system, the reasons Europeans were so interested in getting access to Asian trade, the obstacles they faced in going overland to Asia, and the consequences of the first Europeans (the Portuguese) finding an ocean route to Asia.
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