Cross-Cultural Interactions



  • The existing trade network of the classical era continues to expand during the post-classical era.
  • You will be creating an annotated map showing ALL the expansion, trade, and interactions that occur during the post-classical era.
  • Use your Strayer book AND the regular textbook to help you create the map.
  • Additional information and handouts are in the Google Drive - look in the Cross-Cultural Interactions folder.
  • This annotated map is due on Tuesday, December 15! Remember that neatness counts towards your final grade!

First thing...

  • Write the title "Key Concept 3.1: Expansion and Intensification of Communication and Exchange Networks" on the top left corner of the map
  • Create a box for your key/legend on the back of the map
  • Make sure to label your map

Label the following on the map

NEW Trade Cities (use a star to identify & color each star a different color)

  • Novgorod
  • Timbuktu
  • Hangzhou
  • Calicut
  • Baghdad
  • Melaka
  • Venice

Draw in the existing trade routes

  • Silk Road - red
  • Indian Ocean - blue
  • Trans-Saharan - yellow
  • Mediterranean - green

Draw in the NEW trade routes

  • Hanseatic - orange

THE HANSA … aka Hanseatic League

  • Using the information provided on the handout of THE HANSA (in the Cross-Cultural Interactions folder) draw in the trade route
  • Create a box in the North Sea area taking notes about the formation and results of the trade organization

Shade in the Major States...

Shade in the states using the map below as your guide. Use the key on the map as your guide for color and make sure to add them to the key on your map.

  • Sui, Tang, Song China
  • Swahili City-States
  • Japan
  • Islamic Caliphates
  • Italian City-States
  • Byzantine Empire
  • Vikings
  • Mongol Empire
  • Polynesia
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Trade Cities

  • On the back of your map, create a box to take notes in.
  • Use the information provided (in the Google Drive folder) to write a two sentence summary of the decline of cities and a two sentence summary of the rise of cities.


Using the Key Concept 3.1 Review, identify the following on your map. Create a symbol to identify the exchanges and place it in your key.

Luxury Goods:

  • Silk
  • Textiles
  • Porcelain
  • Spices

Diffusion of:

  • Bananas
  • Rice
  • Ideas - Math, Printing, Gunpowder
  • Language - Bantu, Turkic, Arabic


  • Muslims
  • Chinese
  • Jews


Trace Polynesian Migrations using the map below.

Create a box on the back of your map to answer the following questions about the Polynesian Migrations:

  • What are Kumara?
  • How were Viking & Polynesian migration experiences similar?
  • Were the Polynesian migration to South America accidental or deliberate? Explain.
  • What sailing strategies did Polynesians employ during their voyages?
  • What is the Polynesian Triangle?
  • What were the 3 stages of Polynesian Migration?

Trace the Bantu Migrations using the information found in the Google Drive folder "Cross-Cultural Interactions."

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The Plague

On the map, identify the source of the plague and the major regions affected by the plague.

Travelers of the Post-Classical Era

In key places along important trade routes, merchants set up communities (Muslim merchant communities in the Indian Ocean region, Chinese merchant communities in Southeast Asia, Sogdian merchant communities throughout Central Asia, Jewish communities in the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean Basin or along the Silk Roads) where they introduced their own cultural traditions into the indigenous cultures.

The writings of certain interregional travelers show both the extent & the limitations of intercultural knowledge and understanding.

  • Ibn Battuta
  • Marco Polo
  • Xuanzang

Use the maps below to trace the travels of Ibn Battuta, Marco Polo & Xuanzang.

Using the reading excerpts found in the "Cross-Cultural Interactions" folder on Google Drive, write a one-paragraph summary on the back of your map of significance and/or impact of each traveler (that means one paragraph per traveler).

Marco Polo 1271 - 1295

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Ibn Battuta

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Travels of Xuanzang

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Religions Continue to Spread

Using the maps below, draw in the areas where the following religions spread during the 600-1450 era.

  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Islam

Spread of Buddhism

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Spread of Christianity

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Spread of Islam

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