Patterns of Trade from 1000-1450

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DBQ: Patterns of Trade from 1000-1450 Between the years 1000 and 1450, trade networks throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia were established and thriving. European and Muslim influence was working its way into Africa and China via the world trade network. Of course, these contacts from trade left cultural consequences in the areas they assimilated in to. The documents allude to Muslims having a greater influence and cultural impression on their contacts than the Europeans did on theirs, who emphasized religious conversion and admiring the goods and cultures that interested them. An additional document from the perspective of an African or Asian merchant would be useful, as the documents given only showed perceptions from Europeans or Muslims. Muslim traders and merchants left a much greater cultural impact than Europeans did, as evidenced by the following documents. Islam certainly had a great reach across the eastern and western hemispheres, which helped facilitate its ideas. Documents 4, 7, and 10 all exemplify the far-reaching pathway Islam had to other parts of the world, via the world trade network. Document 4 shows how Northern and Central Africa were connected, with part of the connection stemming from the Middle East, a prominent area of Muslims. Document 7 shows the extensive spread of the Mongol Empire, with the outer edges stretching into central Europe. With the Mongols came Islam as well, so the expansion of the empire certainly helped bring the religion and its traders into Europe. Document 10 shows how trade was concentrated throughout Europe, with prominent cities of Muslim inhabitance in the connection, later connecting to North Africa as well. Thus, through this extensive network, Muslims made a bigger cultural impression in Africa. Document 1, written by an unbiased outsider, emphasizes that it was easy for Muslim merchants to incorporate Islamic
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