Indian Ocean Trade: Route, Network & History


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What are the rough dates of the dominance of the Indian Ocean trade routes?

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1. At its height, the Indian Ocean was the center of trade routes stretching how far?

2. Which of these cities essentially controlled trade in between the Indian Ocean and Red Sea (and therefore all of the Middle East and Europe)?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The questions on this quiz ensure you understand the strategic value and historical importance of the Indian Ocean trade system. You will be asked about dates and locations connected to the history of these trade routes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will test you on:

  • Dates when Indian Ocean trade routes were dominant
  • Locations that were an indication of how far the trade routes stretched at its peak
  • City that essentially controlled trade between the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea
  • Common trait between Swahili city-states and trading cities on the Malabar Coast
  • The Malacca Straits controlled access to this from the Indian Ocean

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can review information regarding Indian Ocean trade routes and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding when Indian Ocean trade routes were dominant
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify what the Malacca Straits controlled access to

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