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The Spice Trade and its Influences

by on Sep.01, 2015, under Asian Studies

The Spice Trade is a long term trade event between Europe, Africa, and Asia. It could be analyzed and described with multiple subjects of Social Studies such as geography, economy, and more.

The Spice Trade temporarily boosted the economy of the Arabian and Persian traders that acted as middlemen between European customers and Southeast Asian producers, since they controlled the seas that are the shortest route between these two places. One example of economic effects and changes would be the European colonization that ended the Spice Trade. The colonization happened because the Arabian and Persian traders controlled the prices and shipments of spices to Europe, limiting access to goods and spices for the Europeans. To get cheaper spices in more quantity, the Europeans had to sail a farther route around Africa, to avoid the narrow Red Sea controlled by the Arabian traders, and they conquered the Southeast Asian countries that produced the spices.

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Map from Apple Maps, analytic information provided by me. (The image is compressed, the red words are “Red Sea, under Arabian control”)

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