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Int'l Commerce, Snorkeling Camels, and The Indian Ocean Trade: Crash Course World History #18

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Published on May 24, 2012

In which John Green teaches you the history of the Indian Ocean Trade. John weaves a tale of swashbuckling adventure, replete with trade in books, ivory, and timber. Along the way, John manages to cover advances in seafaring technology, just how the monsoons work, and there's even a disembowelment for you Fangoria fans.

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MrFlorryworry
"It's almost as if the merchants decide where the people with the funny hats go, rather than the other way around." Well.... This certainly makes you want to think for a minute... 
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SidneyRose
"It's almost as if the merchants decide where the people with funny hats go rather than the other way around" Almost as if corporations control governments rather than the other way around hmm...
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Angryjolly
It is a shame that growing up, I was taught that only Europeans traded and all of the other races mentioned here were primitive slaves and servants. I love all races and we share a deep history that is yet to be fully exposed. Thank you for this video and the pride that came with it.
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Advanced skepticism
Thank you so much for this. I watch this purely out of enjoyment because you offer a history lesson in an easily digestible and entertaining way.
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acidash
anyone else watching this the day before they have a test in AP World History ':D
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Skye Solorio
These are the only videos where you can go into the comment section and not lose all faith in humanity.
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Gardahadi .Gardiadi
YES INDONESIA! I'm happy my homeland was actually mentioned and even talked about here!
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Fahim416
This is one of the best presentations on the channel.
Matayo Moshi
The various Swahili coastal city states prospered as a loosely unified civilization under the awesomeness of the Sultanate of Kilwa. The ruins of the former capital, located on the island of Kilwa Kisiwani (hence the name), are about a day's drive from my hometown, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Like all awesome African things, Kilwa was destroyed by European poop. Specifically, it the envious eyes of the Portuguese. I believe they bombed Kilwa from the sea, destroying it largely overnight. Things went down hill from there for Kilwa, and eventually Portugal too. Lisbon got dished some sweet geological justice hardcore stylez in 1755. Coincidence? Or Kilwa karma? Incidentally, I believe not long after you guys made this (about a year I think) archaeologists identified a few or more Kilwan coins found in the Wessel islands of Australia's Northern Territory. Being half-Tanzanian, half-Australian, the idea that merchants from what would be modern day Tanzania were potentially derping on what would be modern day Australia, almost 100 years before Europeans swooped on by Terra Australis, is badass. 
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wildreams
Shout outs to John Green from Singapore!
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