Indian Ocean Trade (Created by Sarah Welday)

Timeline created by Sarah Welday
In History
  • 1,000 BCE

    The start of Indian Trade

    This is when the Indian Trade first started.
  • 1,000 BCE

    Sugar Cane and Spices (A good that was traded)

    This good (sugar) was exchanged between Southeast Asia and India. It was desired to have as it was used to flavor foods. It was a new item that could alter the taste of things to become sweet. Spices later came into play to give different types of flavors as well. This also broaden what was being passed between locations.
  • 1,000 BCE

    Bananas (Another good that was traded)

    This sweet fruit was originally from Southeast Asia. They then were traded with other places who wanted them like India, Africa, and China. The crop was also passed around so other places could plant and grow it on their own.
  • 1,000 BCE

    Two Types of Trade Contacts

    There were two ways that allowed trades to take place among the civilization which was land or sea trade. By using both of these types of trade it allowed everyone to trade with their neighbors.
  • -800 BCE

    Greece Begins

  • -600 BCE

    Buddhism & Hinduism Religious Ideas Spread

    These were two religions that spread from India to Southeast Asia through the trade.
  • -500 BCE

    Camel Saddle (Technology Advancement / Transportation)

    By using the new camel saddle (allowing people to ride on the backs of animals) it allowed more goods to be transported from Western Africa to the Mediterranean.
  • -500 BCE

    Rome Begins

    The Roman Empire took part in the trade. This was located in the Mediterranean.One thing that was noted that Romans exchanged with other areas was coins.
  • -500 BCE

    China Begins

    Many people came traveling from Western China to come be a part of trade. They headed toward areas in the Mediterranean. The route that they used to travel was called "The Silk Road". One item that they traded was silk.
  • -500 BCE

    Networks of Exchange for the Trade

    The main places that were involved in the networking of the trade were Sub-Sahara Africa, Rome and the Mediterranean, India, and China. The reason why the networking took place was due to the space between the small empires that were established. They were unable to go traveling around without have protection for their land.
  • -500 BCE

    Hanno (Significant Person)

    Hanno went around sailing near the African coast in search of opportunity for land and trade. He did just that by creating a post (for trade) on a nearby island and creating colonies for people to move too. This had a positive impact on trade in this time.
  • -450 BCE

    Indo-European Language (Spreading of Language)

    It was noted that at some point during this trade period pastoral people were the one responsible for spreading Indo-European language to the people. Since trade, goods, and religion was being spread I am sure that Chinese, Roman, Greek, and Indian language would of been spread to communicate as well.
  • -430 BCE

    Migration and Movement of the People

    In this time multiple people relocated and migrated to other areas. The reason being for trade opportunities, weapons, resources, and crops. Bantu move around to all kinds of regions. Huns moved over to Persia, Rome, and India. Both Germanic and Polynesians took part in the movement to other areas.
  • -400 BCE

    Roads and Bridges (Advancements in Technology)

    After creating bridges and roads it helped for goods to be transported from one location to another. People were able to have one solid direct route that they could now use.
  • -400 BCE

    Goods and Product that were traded (Cooking and Selling)

    Some other types of goods and products that were disperses among these areas that benefited the people were palm oil, salt, shells, ivory, kola nuts, brass, iron, and wine. These things mostly helped with cooking and bringing in some sort of profit.
  • -335 BCE

    Alexander the Great (Significant Person)

    He was influential in this period as he helped ideas spread across different regions. For example, he brought the people of Greek different eastern ideas. He also supported the Hellenistic culture. This later leaked into all surrounding area except China as he had control of them.
  • -305 BCE

    Berenike (Port City)

    This port city was very helpful during this trade as it acted as an international trade route. It was located in Egypt that was right near the Red Sea helping it be successful to import and export goods.
  • -300 BCE

    Magan Boat (Advancement in Technology / Transportation)

    This boats were created to help move people and goods from different areas. The boats were made out of reeds, clay, bitumen, a sail, and included oars to row. This was from Arabian (Persian) Gulf.
  • -300 BCE

    Empires & Trade

    There were four main empires that were involved in trading. Some crumbled or were taken over by other places but they played a key role during this time. The empires were Mauryan, Han Dynasty, Achaemenid and Rome.
  • -140 BCE

    Zhang Qian (Significant Person)

    He was important during this trade period as he was sent to convinces Yuezhi to make an alliance. He was then sent to Asia to spread Chinese culture and technologies that they currently used. His people also benefited from this as he brought back new ideas of dance, music, and food.
  • -100 BCE

    Diseases that broke out around these areas

    Some of the specific diseases that broke out were smallpox, measles, and the bubonic plague. These impacted China and Roman population the worse as multiple people died (1/5 and 1/3 of their people).