Intro The world economy has been linking distant and disparate peoples for thousands of years. Globalization and diversity are by no means the product of modern technologies and economies; instead they have been widespread throughout history. Even if at times most of the wealth was flowing towards Europe, obscure places profoundly influenced the usage of commodities. It was the deep-rooted cultural beliefs of local markets rather than the traditional notion of supply and demand that determined the value of different goods.
1 The people of the Fujian trade diaspora, out of Southeast coast of China spreaded across the world. A son would be given an opportunity to travel abroad and make money then come back to a wife as a reward. The
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Lastly, they were immensley proud because they managed to conquer the Aztecs, claiming the land as their own while also beginning the use of slavery. Slavery was also pertinnent later in history when the Dutch, seeking revenge upon the Spanish while also being enticed by the wealth sugar trade brought, conquered a port in Brazil, controling the sugar trade. However, they did not have enough slaves to take advantage of the sugar, so although they opposed it at first, travelled to African ports and obtained slaves by exchanging luxury goods for human lives. Although the Portuguese regaiined control of the sugar production in Brazil, the Dutch still utilized the advantages of slavery in Africa and the exploitation of human lives that were not theirs to control. Lastly, Robinson Crusoe eventually learned to abandon his ideas of self sufficiency and rejection of luxury, and entered into the slave trade, enticed by the wealth it would bring him.
The history of trade has taught us a lesson about greed, and the horrors it can lead to. Greed for products often leads towards violence. The result of Great Britain’s greed for Chinese Tea, and King Leopold’s desire to begin an ivory market. Hooked on the imported Chinese Tea, British people had little to offer in return. Struggling to find compensation for their needed beverage, the British discovered the advantages of trading opium for tea. Easily seducing the Chinese with a cheep