Trans-Atlantic and Indian Ocean Basin Trade Dbq

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Melissa Mohammed Period 2 Comparison & Contrast: Trans-Atlantic & Indian Ocean Basin Trade During the colonization of the Americas the Trans-Atlantic and Indian Ocean basin were both used as a trading system for commerce exchange. The effect trading had on the indigenous people had been different and what was traded among the systems was also dissimilar. However, both the Trans-Atlantic and Indian Ocean basin had European involvement. Both trading routes had exposure to many diseases, but the effects devastated the Trans-Atlantic in a tremendous way. Eventually, Europeans dominated both trading systems allowing them to run the waters. Also because of location, the routes traded different resources because of what was supplied and how fertile the land was. Trade occurred in the Trans-Atlantic and Indian Ocean route creating a diverse amount of goods. The Trans-Atlantic trade route began the discovery of the new world from the establishment of lands over sea. The Trans-Atlantic trading system mainly took silver from deposits in Potosí, Bolivia, thus, creating a connection to the old and new world. By trading silver with Chinese, who only accepted silver from the Americas, it created a high demand for silver, allowing an increase in global economy. Resulting in the middle passage, the Trans-Atlantic had a gigantic involvement with slaves, who kept up sugar plantations, thus, connecting West Africa to the Caribbean and America to Western Europe. In contrast to the Trans-Atlantic, the Indian Ocean trade connected East to West Africa and Europe to Africa. Goods traded along the system included silk and porcelain from China, spices from SE Asia and peppers, pearls, and cotton from India. Additionally, horses and incense from Southwest Asia, and gold and ivory from East Africa were traded as well. The reason for such difference in trade is that the

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