DBQ: Swahili Vs. Hansa Essay

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DBQ: Swahili vs. Hansa Trading during the Post-classical era from 1000-1450 C.E. were what the many civilizations at that time heavily relied on, it had flourished and arouse to the point where many alliances were created. Many big cities were most notably successful in their trading and alliances. Smaller cities were also able to succeed by having alliance with one another; German Hansa in North Europe and the Swahili cities along the coast of East Africa were among the most successful cities in their trade organizations. Hansa and Swahili shared many similarities; they both craved for money and desired to emphasize their trading sites to extend. Their differences were as important, they were different in their economical, cultural …show more content…
An additional document needed can be from a merchant of which have traded with the Hansa expressing the point of views as well as explaining the trading system/techniques of the Hansa. Documents one, two, and seven explain the cultural aspects to which due to trade the Hansa and the Swahili were able to adopt/gain. Document one written by an Archeologist who has researched the area around Swahili, he talks about the golden and silver coins found around those cities. The Archeologists point of view is that as an archeologist he is trying to prove his theory that trade among the Swahili people did exist and that it was able to affect them culturally. Historically by the 11th and 12th centuries, trade had brought tremendous wealth to coastal east Africa were now many villages made new transformations like going from mud houses to stone mosques and buildings and dressing in fine cottons and silk. An additional document needed is a document in which it may enlist the many trades that the Swahili people have completed as well as the major routes of trade. Document two written by a member of the German Hansa, depicts the many cities located in Hansa as well as how trade has politically and culturally affected those cities. The authors’ point of view for document two is that as a member of the Hansa, he wants to keep trade among his people to secure his people of their needs. Historically during 1469 the German Hansa had many good exchange goods of Baltic

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