. How was the transatlantic trade organized? Who participated and who profited?
The transatlantic trade began as the first global age started; it was a period of global unification and urbanization. The transatlantic trade was organized between the peoples of Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America. Different regions called for different empires from each continent. The ottoman Turks in Europe and Western Asia, the Ming dynasty in China, the Aztecs and Inca in the Americas, Mali and Songhai in West Africa, and the Mogul Empire of Akbar the Great in India.
The first we see of transatlantic trade was perhaps the Columbian exchange. People, goods and invisible items such as jewelry, spices, meats, game, and furs were transported west from Europe and Africa to the Americas and then east across the Atlantic. A main invisible item was disease, and no one profited from this horrible trade. Slave trade became prevalent in the Transatlantic trade and were sold in part of a triangular trade as merchants carried goods from Europe to West Africa where they exchanged them for slaves, the slaves were then sold in the Americas and the proceeds were used to purchase new raw materials to be brought back to Europe where the cycle would begin again.
In my eyes I believe that everyone profited to a degree, for example, the Chinese were a civilized culture and the Europeans learned much about government, and philosophies, religions such as Buddhism and Confucianism interested them and Chinese Porcelain and lacquered furniture made its way into the European households of modern decoration. Kings and wealthy nobles used the Chinese garden and landscaping design to create incredible works of art out of plants and trees.
Other products became a part of European life, potatoes, coffee, tea, corn, beans, and fruits not known to them such as Bananas and pineapples dazzled them. Woods, metals and the ever popular tobacco also followed.
The other cultures also greatly...
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