Instructional Video

International Commerce, Snorkeling Camels, and the Indian Ocean Trade

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Economic principles and world history are beautifully woven together in this history presentation on medieval Indian Ocean trading. The narrator discusses the unprecedented self-regulation executed by merchants along the Indian Ocean trade routes, as well as reviews the importance of monsoon winds and the spread of products, ideas, and the religion of Islam. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Classroom Considerations
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Reviews a variety of African and Asian exports that can be used to prompt further research
  • Discusses major economic themes and principles through use of historical examples
  • Provides a teacher version and student version of an extended unit on post-classical era trade
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