by cowens ~ April 22nd, 2010. Filed under: Chapter 14: The Early Modern State.
The economy during the Early Modern State of Europe saw many changes in market exchange and travel. Many European countries, like Spain and England, sent out ships full of people waiting to discover and claim territory for their countries. A trade triangle soon developed between Europe, Africa, and the newly discovered Americas.
The Trade Triangle
The Americas had alot to offer Europe, in regards of raw materials, and Africa also had raw materials as well as workers to help grow the crops in the Americas. Sugar, coffee, tobacco, corn, wool and other raw materials were sent to Europe. Then Europe would send back supplies to the colonists in the Americas.
However, along with the trade of goods between the Americas and Europe, there was also an exchange of another kind: disease. Settlers brought disease with them from Europe through rats onboard their ships and the settlers themselves carried diseases. Although this did not affect the settlers, it greatly affected the Native Americans who had never been exposed to these illnesses. Many of them died as a result.