For this discussion board, we are examining the deepening and widening of old and new networks of commerce on trade routes across parts of Asia, Africa, and Europe. As transregional interactions intensified on routes that spanned these continents cultural diffusion between societies intensified, commercial growth created wealth, and powerful new trade cities emerged.
After reading the chapter and watching the streaming content, select a commodity that was carried for trade on these routes. Once you have selected one that interests you, do some independent research on the item and its market. As you think about a product you might consider silk, cotton textiles, porcelain, spices, precious metals and gems, slaves, exotic animals.
When you have finished your background research, introduce your selection to the group in an original post of about 300 words. Your post will address these prompts:
Introduce your selection by clearly identifying the commodity and its travel route
Discuss the impact of commerce associated with this commodity. For this consider how the trade created economic, demographic, political, and/or social shifts in the connected regions.
Conclude by stating why you selected this item to share with the class?
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