Ccot Of The Indian Ocean Region

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When examining continuities and changes in the Indian Ocean region from 650 C.E. to 1250 C.E., there were many. A continuity was the use of the same trade routes because the traders of the region continued using the Indian Ocean to export and import goods. A change would have been the increase of European trade involvement because they began colonizing and having economic ambitions. A continuity was the same trade routes because the traders of the region continued using the Indian Ocean region to import and export goods. For example, merchants used the seasonal monsoon winds to travel from one place to the next. Trading ports such as East Africa were also continued to be used to transport goods from interior Africa to the Pacific Islands and India. Another continuity was the same goods being transported across the trade routes in the Indian Ocean region. Gold and silver were transported to India where merchants transported crops from India to the East African Coast. But, the Columbian Exchange brought new crops and more silver to the Indian Ocean region which provided new types of resources and goods for trade. A change would have been the increased involvement of European traders because they began to colonize and have economic ambitions. For example, Europeans began to open their own trade ports throughout the Indian Ocean region. The Opium trade with China profited the British by having the Opium produced in India and transporting it to China for trade. Europeans even established their own Sphere of Influence throughout the region. In addition, the Indian Ocean region was used as both an agricultural center and an industrial center, European states used them to provide natural resources to their home country. This is different because it allowed European states to expand their influence and power while limiting the influence and power of the local
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