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  • 1. The World in 1492
    Evan Hartly
  • 2. Asia had many precious exports (silk, porcelain, various spices)
    Large systems of trade routes allowed maximum gains
    When Asia Was the World Economy
  • 3. The Economic Culture of Drugs
    Drugs are a high valued commodity for trading
    Coffee, tea, tobacco, opium, coca, and various alcohols were used by both the rich and the poor
    When governments try and regulate drugs, it usually becomes and economic strain
  • 4. The Aztec civilization had many goods that were unique to the area (turquoise, chocolate, jaguar pelts, rubber)
    The conquistadors were “astounded” at the Aztecs vast market in the capital
    The Aztec traders transported goods over 2,000 miles throughout the mountainous terrain
    Aztec Traders
  • 5. Originating from the Peruvian Andes, potatoes that had many beneficial features
    They grow at high altitude, and withstand bitter cold
    Have high nutritional value
    Do not require a lot of work to harvest/care for
    They are easy to store, low rate of crop failure
    Potatoes became a main staple in the diet of Europeans, especially in Ireland
  • 6. Before sugar, there was honey for sweetener, and that was hard to find
    Sugar was introduced to Brazil by the Portuguese and the sugar trade prospered
    Slaves were sent to work the sugar plantations
    Slaves were a vital part of the sugar trade, but they were treated very poorly to say the least
    Sweet Revolutions
  • 7. Another one of the great American crops was tobacco
    Valued by Native and visitor alike
    Sailors liked the herb so much they brought it back to their respective homelands
    After that it was a trading commodity
    Where There's Smoke . . .
  • 8. Native to Ethiopia, coffee was probably first made into a drink around 1400
    Europeans were slow to adopt coffee because it was a Muslim drink and therefore viewed as heretical
    It was only grown in one area before the 1690’s
    Eventually Europeans grew fond of coffee and the crop was spread all around the globe
    Mocca Is Not Chocolate
  • 9. Cocoa beans have been consumed since the time of Christ
    Cocoa beans were so precious to the natives that they were used as currency
    Early usage matched drinking chocolate with chili peppers
    It was a beverage of the social elite
    It was considered as a hallucinogenic, stimulant, intoxicant, and an aphrodesiac.