Indian Ocean Trade System
More impressive, less known Silk Road
Not just luxury goods!
Large boats made it possible to carry items in bulk / bigger items!!
Some of the main exports
Made possible by monsoons!
What else was traded?
Africa- timber, animal skins/hides, ivory, gold
China- silk & porcelain
India- cotton cloth & ivory
SE Asia- spices & rice
Sri Lanka- black pepper
Muslim/Islamic state- coffee, books, weapons
And many more valuables!!
"Reliance on trade makes you especially vulnerable to the people."