Change Over Time - The Indian Ocean Trade

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Change Over Time: The Indian Ocean Trade The Indian Ocean Trade started in the year 650 and continued on until 1750. As the Indian Ocean Trade started, it was very simple. Over the years many things changed, although some features did stay continuous. As the desire for more goods increased and the technology advanced, the Indian Ocean Trade became more efficient. Some of the features that stayed the same are the routes, goods, greed and the monsoon winds. The routes branched from China through India and the rest of the Middle East on through Europe. At first, all the travel was done on the Silk Road with horses. Some of the goods that they transported are silk, pottery, tea, spices, medicines, etc. As their greed grew, the technology also grew. While the technology grew, almost everything started to change. Boats soon were invented, changing the routes to include water travel; although they had one obstacle, the monsoon winds. The monsoon winds traveled east for six months and west for the other six months, making travel difficult. Once boats started to be used, gunpowder and more tea were added to the trade system. Merchants also changed in the sense that more were added because more people became greedy over the years. This began to have an impact on the rest of the world. England began wanting more and more tea. Once merchants realized this, they started charging more. This then made England want to find their own way to get the tea and other goods for cheaper. Christopher Columbus sailed in 1492 in search for a faster way to India for these goods. This resulted in the discovery of North America. In the 1700s, the clipper ship was invented. It moved faster, but was smaller. They were designed to get around the monsoon winds. They could carry and deliver two times the amount of goods in the same amount of time as the first boats. In conclusion, over
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