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By April 21, 2019 Commerce

One continuity in commerce in the Indian Ocean region from 650 CE – 1750 CE was the continuation of trade in the Indian Ocean area. Indian spices, cloth and yarn were traded across the hemisphere using this route. There spices intrigued the population of places like Egypt and China who were unaccustomed to Indian flavors. China spread its precious metals and porcelain across the area. Even exotic animals, like elephants, were traded. Europe consumed most from the area than they contributed, which continued into the 19th century. Philosophies and even religions were also ‘traded’ through the Indian Ocean route. Also this continuity could continue because safety was not an issue as there were no pirates, etc.
From the 7th to 18th century many things about the commercial life in the region of the Indian Ocean stayed constant however, many things were altered. After the potential of the Indian Ocean trade system began known, more and more countries began to enter into a power struggle for the control over the area. Precious metals, Indian spices, and exotic animals contributed to the reasons why so many explorers, mariners and traders were so intrigued by the prospects of trading in the Indian Ocean.
Another continuity in commerce is the connection between countries for trade, due to the silk road feeling slow and painful for many people. Following the decline of the Mongol Empire, the overland trade route on the Silk Road was becoming an out-dated method of trade. With the advancement of technologies across the world a more expedient method of trade became even more necessary. Nations turned toward maritime trade to feel this need. The Indian Ocean served as a way to connect the Asian continents with the Middle East.

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