Silver Trade Dbq

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Vanessa Ibarra 3B, Hines 1/28/13 Silver Trade DBQ The increased flow of silver during the mid-16th centuries to the early 18th centuries caused numerous social and economic effects, even including aspects of many countries through trade, effecting land and the value of silver. These social and economic effects include increasing social class distinction in China and Europe, and even as well as hurting Spain’s economy. But also the global flow of silver during this time period caused many disputes and changes economically between involved countries as seen in documents four, eight, and two. According to the documents, the silver trade seems to raise many issues all over the world. One of the most critical issues was economic and social effects. The social effects can be seen in Doc.6 by a Spanish priest, Doc. 7 by a Ming official and Doc. 8 by an English Scholar. The economic effects are made apparent in Doc. 2 by a Spanish scholar, Doc. 3 by a Ming Dynasty court official, and Doc. 4 by a British Merchant. Having a document from a Spanish native working in the silver mines would have helped in analyzing the social effects of the silver trade. Documents one, three, five, and seven are all about China during the global flow of the silver trade. And then document two and six are about Spain/Spanish during the global flow of the silver trade, and documents four and eight are others. These others are from a British merchant and an English scholar. The economic impact of the global flow of silver in Spain during this time period can be easily seen in documents two and six. Document two, (Tomas de Mercado) demonstrates that the ballast stones used in the ships on the outgoing trip were replaces by the large amount of silver during their return trips; while document six, (Antonio Vasquez de Espinos) claims that between 1545 and 1624, a total of approximately

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