International Commerce, Snorkeling Camels, and the Indian Ocean Trade

Economic principles and world history are beautifully woven together in this history presentation on medieval Indian Ocean trading. The narrator discusses the unprecedented self-regulation executed by merchants along the Indian Ocean trade routes, as well as reviews the importance of monsoon winds and the spread of products, ideas, and the religion of Islam. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Reviews a variety of African and Asian exports that can be used to prompt further research
  • Discusses major economic themes and principles through use of historical examples
  • Provides a teacher version and student version of an extended unit on post-classical era trade
Cons

  • None