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The whole assumption is wrong. The construct China-was-once-a-big-maritime-power-when-nobody-could-verify-it then when Westerners show up they become a hermit kingdom, is just a modern revisionist interpretation, primarily by sensationalist Western scholars, many of whom exhibited highly amateurish scholarship, like Needham. The Arabs invaded southeast Asia ...


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Europe was small and poor and were behind other civilization of the East the Arabs Muslim empire was stretched from Mauritania today to India. And far east it was the Arabs who control the Indian Ocean and Mediterranean at the time and the wall Sahara trade including the most advanced and civilized country in Europe (Spain) under Muslim it was for this ...


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There is a nice short summary of pre-Columbian trade in the Amreicas by David Carballo. It looks like Cahokian trade was focused on the North American landmass and did not extend to Mesoamerica in a significant way. From the text: Following the adoption of Mexican maize as a primary domesticate, a Mississippian trading system began to flourish within ...



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