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Trade Development in Gotland Great ZimbabweThere were many differences and similarities between the ways trade has developed in Gotlandand in Great Zimbabwe In this essay I would discuss the most important ones that can indicatesomething about trade development in other places in the world The time span in which trade has developed and came to its highest level in both places wasabout the same In Great Zimbabwe it was between the 10th and the 16th centuries In Gotland itstarted in the Vikings age end 9th century and ended in the 16th century The trade wasreduced radically after these eras have passed The main reason for it in Great Zimbabwe wassocial and environmental reasons Great Zimbabwe was abandoned Another reason is that thePortuguese began exploring southeast Africa and made colonies there that weakened the ShonaKingdom even more In Gotland the trade amounts were reduced because it stopped being anindependent island it was vanquished by its enemies The conquering of a place could affect thetrade and its development for the worse The geographical locations in both places have affected the trade development Both places havecoasts In Gotland which is an island it was probably hard to create trade connections whenthe ships were not so developed When the ships were more advanced Gotland was used as a tradestation ships from the Baltic area got equipped and traded with the Gutar Great Zimbabwe isfound in the mainland but it is close to the coast Great Zimbabwe s region contains many goldresources and it is a good agricultural zone The location of an area and the resources in itcould affect the trade and its development tremendously The markets that the merchants in each place traded with were ones that the best way to reachthem was by sailing The people from Great Zimbabwe used the winds that are blowing in theIndian ocean and the Arab sea to navigate to the places they traded with The places aresouthern Arabia India China
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