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HIST 1005
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Shayne Clarke

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November 6, 2013 Discussion of the VOC can be found on pages 501 and 502 of the textbook ricci.bc.edu is a great resource Ports were very significant in global trade Ports found from China up to Sweden and Norway Formed thalassocratic empires Sea based empires, generally maritime empires Portuguese held the ports of Malacca and Macau in Asia Malacca straights ports and Macau on the southern tip of China Spanish/Portuguese King Philip I and II ruled over a thalassocratic empire The only reason that merchants were allowed to trade in places they were is because they were  supposed to be representing the church Missionaries traveled internationally spreading the work of the church Merchants helped facilitate the spread the mission of the church The Jesuits were a huge factor in the spread of knowledge internationally Joachim Bouvet was a member of a French mission trip to Siam Learned of the eclipses and constellations in Siam and taught them Western math and science Philippe Couplet brought Latin translations of Confucian teachings to Europe and got them  published Was a missionary meant to spread not only the teachings of the church, but also math and science  with equal weight Very Westernized telling of history Often only discuss the role of Western trade embassies Disregard for Eastern trade embassies to the West Ex. Tensho Embassy 1582­1590 Tons of history unwritten and lost Printers in Amsterdam become famous all through Europe More history could be recorded and distributed Tea was a “known unknown” and became a hugely important trade resource for the Chinese  Jesuits documented the production of tea extensively because it was virtually unknown before Became one of the most profitable trade resources Within a few hundred years tea trade even became a cause for contention Tea taxes Boston Tea Party Ginseng was also a significant trade resource “Discovered by Europeans” In a letter from Beijing to France to North America, discussed ginseng  Oh hey, we have that too “Crazy c
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