map of economic trade 1650 Global Trade Routes 1670s

Read the Maps:

  1. In 1650, what European nations are most active in economic exchanges with North and South America? What are they trading?
  2. Why do you think that there is no global exchange between Europe and the eastern seaboard of North America?
  3. How has the global exchange of goods changed between 1650 and the late 1670s as shown in the second map?
  4. What do you think was the reason for such change over such a relatively short period of time?
  5. Would you agree or disagree with this statement - For almost 400 years, Americans have been involved in global trade?