Think about different trading networks in Afro-Eurasia and the Americas in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Before the integration of the Americas into the world economy, Europeans
traded with Africa and Asia. With the “discovery” of the New World, Europeans also began to trade with the Americas, giving rise to what we know today as the “Columbian Exchange.” What
were some common trade routes before the 16th century? How did trade networks work before and after 1500s? How were they different from one another? How did the Columbian Exchange
influence different parts of the world namely, the Americas, Europe, and Africa?
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