Essay Question #1
Examine the growth of worldwide trade from 1500 to 1800. Discuss the rise and implications of a global trading system.
Essay Question #1:
Worldwide trade grew exponentially between 1500 to 1800. Before 1492, many new world foods that are now staples of western diets had been completely isolated in the Americas. Explorers bringing back crops such as tobacco, cocoa, tomatoes, potatoes, etc. dramatically changed and mostly improved diets. Secure trade with India and other parts of Asia allowed for a reliable supply of spices and tea, also improving people’s quality of life. Of course, not everyone’s quality of life was improved ...