By Richard Bulliet, Pamela Crossley, Daniel Headrick, Steven Hirsch, Lyman Johnson

THE EARTH AND ITS PEOPLES provides global heritage in a balanced, worldwide framework, moving the focal point clear of political facilities of strength. This really international textual content for the realm background survey path employs a basic theme--the interplay of people and the environment--to evaluate various occasions, locations, and societies. specific emphasis is given to know-how (in its broadest experience) and the way technological improvement underlies all human job. hugely acclaimed of their fields of analysis, the authors deliver a big selection of craftsmanship to this system. a mixture of sturdy scholarship and unique pedagogy supplies the e-book its acceptance for rigor and scholar accessibility. The 5th version gains new pedagogy and a gorgeous new layout.

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By 1457 enough African gold was coming back to Portugal for the kingdom to issue a new gold coin called the cruzado (crusader), another reminder of how deeply the Portuguese entwined religious and secular motives. While the Portuguese crown continued to sponsor voyages of exploration, speedier progress resulted from the growing participation of private commercial interests. In 1469 a prominent Lisbon merchant named Fernão Gomes purchased from the Crown the privilege of exploring 350 miles (550 kilometers) of African coast in return for a trade monopoly.

Of the five ships that had set out from Spain in 1519, only three made the long passage across the vast Pacific. Dozens of sailors died from starvation and disease during the voyage. In the Philippines, Magellan, having survived numerous mutinies during the voyage, died in battle on April 27, 1521, while aiding a local ruler who had promised to become a Christian. To consolidate their dwindling resources, the expedition’s survivors burned the least seaworthy of their remaining three ships and consolidated men and supplies.

However, the gold trade quickly became more important once the Portuguese contacted the trading networks that flourished in West Africa and reached across the Sahara. By 1457 enough African gold was coming back to Portugal for the kingdom to issue a new gold coin called the cruzado (crusader), another reminder of how deeply the Portuguese entwined religious and secular motives. While the Portuguese crown continued to sponsor voyages of exploration, speedier progress resulted from the growing participation of private commercial interests.

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