Spicy trade

September 7th, 2015

Map: Map of Eurasia in 1400-1600

People have more privileges than the past with trading. In the past, the social studies subjects (geography, cultural anthropology, economics and history) influenced the trading in many ways.

The photo above is the primary source I choose and it shows the understanding of history of spice trading and how it develops.

Geography influenced the trading a lot. Trading usually occurs between two long distanced countries so traders have to move a certain distance to trade with other traders. But when traders encounter the area that is totally unable to cross traders would have to go back and the transaction would be cancelled. Because there was harsh geography, trading was developed by using ships and go by the water. This way, traders could avoid the area that is hard to go through. (Trade Route). This map shows the trade route of the traders. As shown in the map, most of the traders travelled by the ships. Since the geography were hard to pass through and so the traders couldn’t trade and get their needs, people started to move around the world on the water.

It was difficult to trade with other country with different beliefs, therefore the cultural anthropology influenced the traders and helped develop the spice trading.

(Religion map) This map is showing us how traders enlarge their belief through trading and the route of the traders. Because it was hard to trade with others with different culture, the traders were to enlarge their own beliefs and that way it is easier to find the trader with same belief.

This was how the economics worked. There were farmer, who farmed spice, trader, who buys the spice for the merchant and the merchant, who buys spice from the trader. Traders buy spice that merchant needs from the farmer with certain amount of money. Traders in order to make a profit, have to sell the spice adding some extra amount. Over all, traders are the one who makes the most profit.

(primary source)










Merchant feeling unfair decided to start a war. Dutch and Cotchin fought for the spice and eventually Dutch won. Because traders gain most of the profit among merchant and farmers, merchant had decided to conquer the land that grows spice. This way, merchant owns their own spice and do not have to pay for it.




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