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Medieval Sites of Encounter
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People from Central Asia when united ended up creating the largest single land empire in history.
Also known as Temujin; he united the Mongol tribes into an unstoppable fighting force; created largest single land empire in history.
Dynasty in China set up by the Mongols under the leadership of Kublai Khan, replaced the Song (1279-1368)
(1215-1294) Grandson of Genghis Khan and founder of the Mongol Yuan Dynasty in China.
The Silk Road was a network of trade routes, formally reopened during the Yuan Dynasty of China, which linked the regions of the ancient world in commerce.
a tablet carried by Mongol officials and envoys to signify certain privileges and authority.
The Travels of Marco Polo
book written about Marco Polo's travels to Asia; a primary source made Europe more aware of China's tremendous wealth and size
Italian explorer who wrote about his travels to Central Asia and China.
Mediterranean Island owned by Spain; major Mediterranean sea port
the hinged plate at the back and bottom of a boat, used for steering. Invented by Vikings
lateen sails and square rigs (sails)
combination of these helped Europeans construct ships mobile enough to sail against wind, engage in naval warfare, and also large enough to carry heavy goods. Square sail from Vikings, lateen sail from Muslims
An instrument used by sailors to determine their location by observing the position of the stars and planets. Improved upon in Spain
an instrument that shows the direction of magnetic north; invented in China
Early navigational maps of the sea; developed in Mediterranean
Great spice port of India where da Gama landed and traded
Major winds in the Indian Ocean that blew into India for half the year, and blew away from India for the other half. Helped facilitate trade in the Indian Ocean.
Vasco da Gama
the first European to reach India by sea sailing around the tip of Africa.
The common name for a major outbreak of plague that spread across Asia, North Africa, and Europe in the mid-fourteenth century, carrying off vast numbers of persons.
The effort by Christian leaders to drive the Muslims out of Spain, lasting from the 1100s until 1492.
Ferdinand and Isabella
This was the king and queen of Spain who took over the Catholic Spain, exiled Jews and Muslims, and started the Spanish Inquisition
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