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The Christian Crusades Positively Impacted the East and the West Even though countless numbers of people died during the Christian Crusades there were many positive effects for both the East and the West After the Crusades halted various trade routes opened up between Eastern and Western cities Also the Muslims developed new military strategies and techniques during the fights with the Europeans and they united themselves against one cause producing a stronger religious nation Encyclopdia Britannica 1993 Numerous effects of the Christian Crusades in the Middle East had a positive outcome In John Childs book The Crusades he quotes J Kerr as claiming that the most obvious result of the crusades was a growth in trade with the east According to a 1996 AP article printed in the Jerusalem Post the English word sugar comes from the Arabic sukkar and scallion comes from Ascalon a Philistine city Trade extended from England to the Black Sea going through the ports of Beirut Acre and Alexandria After the loss of Acre in 1291 Cyprus Rhodes and Crete were the three Mediterranean islands that composed some of the main crusader trading centers From these three islands it was possible to control goods ships traveling to and from the Middle East Child 1994 These trade routes generated a beneficial contact between the cultures of East and West Many merchants from the cities of Venice and Genoa settled in Cyprus and Crete From the Muslims these merchants bought spices sugar cloth and cotton Other merchants from Sicily and Aragorn traded for Tunisian gold and Algerian wool and animal skins Popular goods traded from the Middle East were sugar melons cotton ultramarine dye and damask cloth Although the Pope tried to stop merchants from trading with the Muslims he had to repeal his embargo in 1344 Though most of the traded goods came from the Middle East the combined efforts from both East and West brought about many
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