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Erika Rempel

Erika Rempel - Erika Rempel HST 101 The Clash of the Asian...

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Erika Rempel HST 101 February 29, 2008 The Clash of the Asian and European Sea Trade Networks 1131 Words Expansion of the China and the boom of exploration led Asia to be one of the prominent influences of the Asian Trade Network. In the 14 th century, trade was between the areas of Asia, Arabia, and India, with very little European involvement. Beginning with the Portuguese and followed by the Dutch and British, the Europeans destroyed the fine balance of this network. Even though the old system was no more, these countries still benefited from the trade network, just not as well as before. The peaceful Asian sea trade network, which peaked during the Chinese Ming dynasty, was disrupted by the coming of European traders in the 16 th and 17 th centuries which brought the establishment of the global economy. The three main ports of the Asian sea trade network included Arabia, which featured glass, tapestries, and carpets, India which had a wide variety of cotton textiles, and China, which specialized in porcelain products, silk textiles, and paper production. Japan, East Africa, and Indonesia were also included in the trading network and supplied raw materials such as foods, timber, and precious metals and stones. Although there was high competition among the Asian countries, the system as a whole was very peaceful and self-sufficient. Asian sailors navigated their voyages by sailing along the coastlines, following the monsoon winds, or using their compasses. They charted their voyages using landmarks, cities, and ports. They were funded by their emperors and were required to bring back goods for tribute. These tributes included goods and treasures that they picked up along their journeys to Arabia, Africa, India, and they even brought back animals from Africa back to the royal courts.
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