World History Honors

Events

India and China Southernize

400

The goods and the new ideas start to spread in India and China.

Fall of Rome

500

The Roman Empire falls leaving Western Europe in a Dark Age.

Muslim Kingdoms Southernize

700

Muslim Kingdoms in the Middle East tune in to Southernization.

Feudalism Begins In Europe

900

In attempts for some order and structure, Europeans developed the Feudalism system.

East African Cities converted to Islam

1000

East African cities such as Mogadishu, Mombasa, and Kilwa converted to Islam by the 1000s.

Agricultural Changes In Europe

1000

Europeans start to learn how to farm with the same land every year through the three cycle system.

Fourth Crusade

1204

Constantinople is sacked.

Magna Carta

1215

The Beloved Magna Carta is forced upon the King for approval which gives the foundation for American rights.

Kingdom of Mali Trade Route

1250

The Kingdom of Mali became an important part of the Gold Trade Route in the Sahara, which weakened Inland Africa economically and politically. This trade route created a diversion of wealth.

Genoa Dominated Black Sea Route

1270

In 1270, the Genoese merchants dominate the Black Sea routes from Asia.

Genoa Expands Trade

1270 - 1300

From 1270-1300, Genoa expands trade far east with Persia (etc).

Marco Polo's Adventures

1271 - 1295

From 1271-1295, Marco Polo and another Venetian trader spark trade between China and Europe. Marco Polo feuds with Great Khan in these years.

Venice Opens Trade with Asia

1304

After the European demand of luxury items, Venice opened trade with Asia and had better contact with Mamluk and Cairo.

Ming Dynasty Begins

1368

As a result of the new dynasty, China experiences agricultural expansion, economic expansion, population growth, urbanization, and the best economy in the world in this time period.

Venice and Genoa Specify Trade

1400

Venice claims the spice trade, while Genoa shifts to finance.

Malacca becomes Entrepôt

1400

Around 1400, Malacca becomes an entrepôt, or a trading post for storage of goods. It stores porcelain, silk, and camphor from China, pepper, cloves, nutmeg, and sandalwood from Moluccas, sugar from the Philippines, and textiles, copper weapons, incense, dyes, and opium from India.

Gold Reached Europe

1400

Gold was harvested in Sudan and the Kingdom of Mali (present day Ghana) and was brought over by Arab merchants across the Sahara desert. Arab merchants would sell to Egyptian merchants, which led to Venetians and Genoese merchants. From the Italian merchants came the rest of Europe.

Admiral Zheng He's Expeditions

1405 - 1433

Admiral Zheng He, of China, led seven expeditions and sailed 12,000 miles (Columbus sailed only 2,400 miles). He sailed to West Egypt, in particular. The purpose was merely diplomatic (to enhance alliances). After Zheng's death, China decided not to pay for any more voyages, since it was too costly and Zheng, their best and only captain, was dead.

Printing Press Spreads Throughout Europe

1450

With the help of Southernization and Johannes Gutenberg, the Printing Press spread throughout Europe in 1450.

Arrival of Portuguese in Southeast Asia

1500

With the arrival of Portuguese in Southeast Asia, the brisk trade between Southeast Asia and Coromandel ceased.

Genoese Use African Slaves

1500

In 1500, Genoese merchants capture and sell Black and Berber Africans as slaves.

Chinese Immigration to Philippines

1600

Tens of thousands of Chinese emigrated to the Philippines and still have economic dominance on Luzon, a Philippines island.