Economic Motives for European Colonization of Southeast Asia


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What country attempted to capture most of Southeast Asia in World War II?

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1. What goods were found in Southeast Asia that were important to Europe in the early to mid 1900's?

2. What project opened up more trade with Southeast Asia?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Questions in this quiz and worksheet will test your knowledge of different economic factors that have affected Southeast Asia in history, with a focus on specific products and major countries in the area.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See how much you know about:

  • Which country tried to capture most of Southeast Asia during WWII
  • What goods made Southeast Asia important to Europe in the 1900's
  • The project that opened up extensive trade with Southeast Asia

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important about recent history in Southeast Asia, such as which country tried to conquer most of the area
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the major spices traded with Southeast Asia
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of European motivations in the 1800's to recognize which country they wished to trade with

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