The Ancient History Encyclopedia states that the Minoans exported materials such as oil, wine and pottery, receiving valuable materials in return as trade. The goods received included ivory from Egypt and copper from Cyprus.
The Minoan civilization was known to have had prowess in seafaring and relationships with outsiders in Egypt and the Near East. The export trade activity in which the Minoans were involved was not the only cultural exchange that occurred. According to the source, Egyptian and Near Eastern cultures and artistic practices were influential with respect to the surviving art of the Minoans. It is not precisely known how the Minoan civilization came to an end, and scholars continue to debate the matter.Learn More
A feudal monarchy is a system of political organization that has its basis in relationships between land owners (nobles) and the people who work the land in return for the nobles' protection (serfs). This system of government was prevalent in Western Europe during the Middle Ages, from the ninth to the 15th centuries.Full Answer >
The Spanish came to America to spread the Christian faith and to expand trade. The Spanish colonization of America was started by the Spanish conquistadors.Full Answer >
The Ghana Empire amassed large volumes of gold and resources, expanded trade among nations near and far, established a structured court system and introduced standard military organization. The Ghana Empire, also called the Kingdom of Ghana, enjoyed significant power from the ninth century to the 11th century A.D. Kings and rulers discovered significant gold deposits in the kingdom's lands, such as Mali, Mauritania and Senegal, and the newfound wealth helped rulers establish a powerful, prominent kingdom.Full Answer >
As a result of the Crusades, Europe saw tremendous intellectual growth, a strengthening of the merchant class through expansion in trade and the rise of new banking institutions. Unfortunately, all of these benefits came at the tremendous cost of lost lives and fortunes.Full Answer >