AP World History

Unit 2: c. 1200-1450

Networks of Exchange

Main Ideas of the Unit:

  • Improved environmental knowledge, maritime tech, and commercial practices → Expanded reach of trade routes

  • Increased volume of trade → Fostered grow of new trading cities & states

  • Increased cross-cultural interaction → Diffusion of different cultures in key trading cities

Main Ideas of the Topic

  • Improved commercial practices → Increased the reach and volume of trade → Created new trading cities

  • Specialized in luxury goods such as silk, porcelain, and textiles

  • Mongols conquered many different cultures & were religiously tolerant → Facilitated exchange of many different cultures & religions

Main Ideas of the Topic

  • Improved environmental knowledge & maritime tech → Increased reach & scope of this trade route

  • Growth of interregional trade → Fostered growth of powerful trading cities & states

  • Merchants of different cultures congregated in key trading cities → Set up cosmopolitan cultural centers → Exchanged cultural and religious ideas with each other

Main Ideas of the Topic

  • Improved commercial practices → Increased the reach and volume of trade along this trade route

  • Expansion of Mali Empire → More people were drawn into the trans-Saharan Trade Route

  • Islam spread via North African merchants → Many West Africans converted to Islam but retained their indigenous African traditions