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Gao 1Shirley GaoShannon MulkeyAP World History4 December 2020Periodization Long AnswerAfter the Ottoman Empire successfully captured Constantinople on May 29, 1453, Europeans were eventually blocked off from using the two most important trading routes for spice and silk trade: North Africa and the Red Sea. As a result, Europeans began desperately searching for alternative trading routes to Asia. However, in doing so, they coincidentally discovered the Americas, which they later found out was abundant in resources like silver and sugar. Having this in mind, Europe and many other European countries, after hearing the news, knew that it was going to make their country extremely wealthy, and this caused them to start exploring and colonizing even more. This was known as the Age of Exploration. The Age of Exploration was an important turning point in regard to the development of international trading systems because this was the time period when the triangular trade network (aka Transatlantic Slave Trade) was developed, oversea trade also became easier due to the new inventions (compass, map, sextant, etc.), and helped European countries dominate the trading world.Before beginning the talk about the triangular trade network and why it made the Age of Exploration a turning point in regard to the development of international trading systems, we have to discuss how it came to be. During this time period, the world was finally able to be connected in terms of economy and trade due to European exploration. The Columbian Exchange, which was when the Old World and New World began trading and exchanging goods with each other, helped bring the Eastern and Western Hemispheres together. Thus, it led to the development of the triangular trade network, which included trade routes from Western Europe, Western Africa, and the Americas. Not only was this trade network involved in trading goods,

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