Effects of Trade between the 9th and 15th centuries

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During the periods between the 9th and 15th centuries trade was a major influence (or rather medium) to the changes that occured during that era. It was through trade that the world started to see a unifying of diverse peoples, ideas, and norms as well as a defining and solidifying of cultural boundaries. We can determine three major features and consequences associated with trade during this era. First, trade unifies. Second trade influences growth. Lastly, trade reveals cultural separateness in relation to the rest of world. Trade is not something new, so why was there such significance with the trade happening in this era? To answer that it was the way in which goods were being traded. Before, much of the goods being traded were done so by land (i.e. the silk road) and it was very time consuming and large amounts of cargo was not possible to be carried across long distances. It was the through the introduction of refined ship building and navigational tools that much of commerce started taking place by way of sea. Tools like the compass from China and better maps allowed for less dangerous travels on sea and places that were difficult to reach became much more easier to get to. Also long distance trade became more effortless in carrying cargo weighing in the tons. As more possibilities opened up and other cultures picking up the developments of other cultures trade by sea became the standard. As a result of this there now spawned these major trading cities (or entrepots) where people would trade their goods. Three major entrepots during this era was the Quilon in Indai, Alexandira in Cairo, And Quanzhao in China. It was at these stations that ships from all over Afro-Eurasia docked to pick up and give goods. With these new metropolsis came also new trading regulations which made trade even better. Also we start to see partnerships and trust systems between
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