Summary Of Portuguese Mariner Vasco Da Gama

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In 1497 Portuguese mariner Vasco Da Gama set sail to find a sea route to Asia. He went slowly down the West African coast, around the tip of South Africa, and up the East African coast and landed in Calicut, South India. They found an ancient and rich network of commerce that stretched from East Africa to China. Asia offered many tropical spices that were desired in Europe, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, cloves, and pepper. These spices were used mostly as condiments and preservatives. Other products offered by the East were , silk, cotton, rhubarb, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. The Portuguese soon discovered that European goods were crude and unattractive in Asian markets and they would be unable to compete effectively. Then the Portuguese …show more content…
They established themselves on the Philippine Islands, named after King Phillip II. The lack of government and location of the islands made Spain want to establish full colonial rule over the islands. The takeover of the islands was rather easy and often bloodless for the Spanish. Also the Spanish also included missionary work. Which made the Philippines the only Christian outpost in Asia. It also started a new front in the long encounter of Christianity and Islam. The Spanish spread many features of the colonial in the Americas. People living in scattered settlements were persuaded or forced to relocate into more concentrated Christian communities. They practiced tribute, taxes, and unpaid labor. Many people fled to Manila, the capital city of the Spanish ruled Philippines. By 1600, it was a flourishing and diverse city of 40,000 inhabitants. Many revolts came out of Spanish rule in Philippines.

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They generally waited for the Native Americans to catch them, bought them, and raised the prices to make a profit. The fur trade helped the native american population because they sold their furs to the Europeans and were able to make a profit and flourish.

Part 3
The Atlantic Slave Trade

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The Atlantic Slave Trade The European demand for trade was at an all time high because of the need for slave labor on the American plantations. The entire enterprise was in the European’s hands. The Slave trade had a huge impact on the African population, the Europeans were taking a massive amount of Africans to use as slave labor.
As the demand for slaves grew the conditions on the ships got worse. The cargo ships used were overcrowded, unsanitary, and covered in diseases. Many slaves died on the voyage over due to diseases and starvation.
Meanwhile European were making a fortune using this unpaid labor for their plantations. Also African slave sellers were making money by selling the SLaves to Europeans for their goods like metals, firearms and gunpowder, tobacco, and alcohol.
The slave trade brought millions of slaves to America, which brought up the population in the Americas, but made it much smaller in

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