Chapter 16 Traditions and Encounters study guide Essay

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Agriculture in the monsoon world

• Because of the rhythms of the monsoons, irrigation was essential for the maintencace of a large agricultureal society

• During summer, warm moisture laden winds from the southwest brought much of Indians rain fall

• During winter, cool and very dry winds blew from the northeast

• To achieve agricultural potential indian lands required southern monsoon

• Indians arid land didn’t have a benefital water source (like Indus or Ganges) but as population increased irrigation became crucial

• Dams, reservoirs, canals, wells and tunnels appreared in large numbers, with monumental reservoirs that lined with brick or stone that captured the rains of the spring and summer months

• One reservoir constructed near Bhapal covered some 650 square km (250 square miles)

• Caused for extreme construction and maintenance that lead to the signifagent increase in agricultural productivity

• Population increased, by 1500 population reached 105 million

Trade and economic development of Southern India

• Most religions in the Indian subcontinent were self-sufficient in staple foods such as rice,
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