Dutch & Spanish Dominance in South & Southeast Asia Video


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What was the first European power in South Asia?

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1. Which of the following goods was worth its weight in gold, but as prices fell convinced the Dutch to find other goods to trade?

2. Which island served as a clearing house for Dutch spices on their way back to Europe?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

With a newfound ability to explore the world, the Europeans made their way to South Asia and Southeast Asia, and this worksheet and quiz will assess your understanding of Dutch and Spanish dominance in the region. The quiz questions ask for factual information about goods, payment currency, and important trading cities.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In the assessment, you will be asked to provide the correct answers for questions about:

  • Currency used by Spain to pay for silks and spices
  • Spice that waned in importance when the price tumbled
  • Key island used by the Netherlands during transport of goods to Europe
  • Important Spanish trading post in the Philippines
  • First European country in South Asia

Skills Practiced

Improve your use of these important skills by completing the worksheet and quiz:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the dominance of the Netherlands and Spain in South Asia and Southeast Asia from the related lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the first major European country to reach South Asia in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the popular spice not traded by the Dutch and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the Spanish trading post in the Philippines

Additional Learning

To learn more about this engaging topic, review the accompanying video lesson called Dutch & Spanish Dominance in South & Southeast Asia. These learning objectives are covered in the lesson:

  • Identify the mariner who opened up the first trade route to South/Southeast Asia
  • Define joint-stock companies and describe why they were important to the Dutch
  • Understand why the Netherlands moved most of their trading ports out of India
  • Know the spices available for trade on the Spice Islands
  • Understand why the Netherlands and Spain did not focus on colonization of South/Southeast Asia
  • Learn why Spain did not establish trading ports in China