We are always fascinated by the things other people have because it is new or different. Trade, as I’ve learned through business courses, is an exchange. An exchange is a transaction where people give and receive something that they believe to hold value. And as I have seen in my history course, trade is an enormous attribute to the conversion and defining the world today, such as the Columbian Exchange. In Lattes, trading with the Mediterranean world occurred as early as the 6th century BC. Trade networks, alliances, and trade routes evolved; trade, as said on the Website, “blossomed into real commercial networks that included all the indigenous settlements of the south of France.”
As humans in the 21st century, we tend to take for granted what is easy for us to get a hold of. Buying imported goods is not a difficult task for us. Technology and advancements in society have brought our world so far that we do not think twice about where something came from or how we were able to get it. However, hundred of years ago, trade revolutionized all parts of the world, whether for the good or bad. Though, trade did not come without pain and suffering. Years ago in Ireland, potatoes were brought over and the people loved it because it was easy to grow and could feed numerous communities. However, a fungus infected crops overnight and turned the inside of potatoes into black slush. Famine quickly spread across Ireland, and, I believe, about one million people died all because the trading of a simple potato. Sugar, a common commodity today, used to be a sign of wealth. It was expensive to even have enough to put in a cup of tea or coffee. Eleven million Africans were sold and traded to work on sugar plantations
Trade, though it has revolutionized our world even dating back to the 5th century, has not only benefited many parts of the world, but has also created catastrophes. I do not doubt that trade in Lattes or through the Mediterranean have brought upon grief and sorrow. Though, trade has benefited the cultures and expanded the peoples knowledge, I believe trade tends to have negative and positive consequences. I continue to wonder if there will be any discovery to prove this belief.