You Are an Egyptian Merchant and You Are Creating a Trading Company. You Are a Part Of

You Are an Egyptian Merchant and You Are Creating a Trading Company. You Are a Part Of

Scavenger Hunt Directions: Your team is navigating the trade routes of the Classical Empires. You will have a set of scenarios in which you must overcome obstacles, find products, and successfully integrate into cultures. The first group to finish correctly will receive 15 extra credit points towards their grade, the second group to finish will receive 10 extra credit points towards their grade, and the third group to finish will receive five extra credit points. There are stations set up around the room, you may visit the stations in any order you choose. All of your answers must be from the materials that are provided. No facts that are not from the materials will be considered correct.

Scenario One:

You are an Egyptian merchant and you are creating a trading company. You are a part of the Mamluk Empire.

  1. How will you go about protecting your investment, finding partners, and ensuring that you do not lose all of your money? Merchant Associations
  2. What methods will you use to transport your goods to West Africa? Camels
  3. What method will you use to transport your goods back to Egypt? Male Slaves
  4. What goods will you take to West Africa (List Four)? Cloth – glass – metal works – books
  5. What goods will you take from West Africa back to Egypt (List five)? Gold –Ivory – slaves – exotic feathers – spices
  6. What religion can you expect to find when you reach West Africa? A blend of Bantu and Islam
  7. When you cross through the Kanem Bornu kingdom what trade item are you likely to find? Salt
  8. Was there another trade region you could have exploited rather than crossing the Sahara Desert? Yes, the East African and Indian Ocean Trade Zones
  9. You are searching for ivory. What major river will you have to cross to find it? Niger River
  10. How many possible locations do I have to find salt in Africa? 14
  11. What is the first Kingdom that I’ll come to where I can find slaves to buy? Borno
  12. If I decide to extend myself to the East African Coast, what five major trade items can I expect to find there? Copper, Gold, Ivory, Salt, Slaves
  13. The Bambuk Goldfields are in which West African Empire? Mali
  14. Leaving from Cairo and heading toward Zanzibar, what two major port cities will you have available to you before you reach Zanzibar? Aden - Modadishu

Scenario Two:

You are from the city of Lisby in Sweden and have decided to go into business for yourself on the Baltic Sea and beyond.

  1. What native products do you have to offer starting out (List five)? Iron, copper, wood, fish, grain
  2. Will you have access to the markets of Genoa and Venice? Yes
  3. Will you have access to the markets of Kiev? Yes
  4. Who will you have to go through in order to get spices and silk from Asia? Venice
  5. How many chief cities of the Hanseatic League will you have access to? 9
  6. How many Hanseatic trading post will you access to? 3
  7. As a member of the Hanseatic League what trade items does the league have available for you to access (List 8)? Cloth, wines, fish, timber, salt, iron, amber, copper
  8. Once you reach southern England who do you have to use as a middle-man to run your products in the Mediterranean? Venetians
  9. What is the major product you’ll find from England? Wool
  10. How many locations that you have access to provide silk? 7
  11. What is the one port that offers salt in your entire trade zone? Tunis
  12. Based on the maps of the Viking world, what major river would you have to utilize in order to travel from the Baltic to Constantinople? The Volga River
  13. What is the definition of the Hanseatic League? “An organization of cities in Northern Germany and Sothern Scandinavia. They were grouped for the sole purpose of commercial alliance.”

Scenario Three:

You are from the city of Samarkand and wish to get into the caravan business.

  1. List the cities you will have to go through to reach Peking. Tashkent – Kashgar – Kucha/Khotan – Lanchow.
  2. You have noticed Buddhist pilgrims your whole life heading east. Which two major Asian regions are they heading? China and Japan
  3. What are the major religions that you have seen come through your city? Islam – Buddhism – Christianity
  4. What are the two terminals of the Silk Road? One in Syria and one in China. Antioch – Chang’an
  5. Where do you have to go to get Saffron and Jasmine? India
  6. How many regions will be able to provide you with metalwork? 3
  7. Who will your major exporter of horses? India
  8. Which city along the Silk Road will become the largest pilgrimage town site in the world and why? Mecca, because it’s a religious tenet that all Muslims visit once in their lives.
  9. Who will be your middlemen between Europe and the Muslim world? Jews
  10. Who will be your middlemen between the Muslims and Asia? Armenians and Nestorians
  11. What three major exchanges will you see happening along the Silk Road? Ideas. Diseases. Technology
  12. If you want a lapdog which major lake will you have to go to? Lake Balkash
  13. What products can you expect to get from the Byzantines (List six)? Wine, perfume, glass, silk, slaves, olive oil
  14. What products can you expect to get from the Russians (List five)? Furs, wood, amber, slaves, grain
  15. What products can you expect to get from China (List three)? Silk, tea, porcelain

Scenario Four:

You are from the city of Cambay and wish to make a fortune trading spices.

  1. Of the three trade zones which one are you apart of? Zone 1: Arabs and Muslims
  2. How many trade zones do the Indians interact with? Two
  3. How many square miles is the Indian Ocean? 26 million
  4. How would you describe the shape of the Indian Ocean? An “M”
  5. What are the three places where you are going to have to be careful of pirates? Madagascar – Persian Gulf – Sri Lanka
  6. What is the most lucrative product in the Indian Ocean trade? Spices
  7. Which two Chinese Dynasties were heavily involved in the Indian Ocean trade? Tang and Song
  8. Which was a stronger presence in the Indian Ocean? The Hindu’s or the Muslims? Muslims
  9. Which direction did the spring and summer monsoons blow? East and north
  10. Which direction did the fall and winter monsoons blow? South and west
  11. How many Hindu centers can be found in India? 3
  12. What Indian Ocean items did China receive? Spices and cotton
  13. What Chinese items spread from the east and into the west (List six)? Sugar, rice, hard wheat, vegetables, fruits
  14. What five religions could be found in the Indian Ocean? Christians, Jews, Muslims, Zoroastrians, Buddhist
  15. What two Southeast Asian regions did Buddhist start making pilgrimages to? Sri Lanka and Burma
  16. What are the six requirements to maintain the Indian Ocean trade?
  17. What three things made this a peaceful zone of exchange?