Give two examples of different types of global exchange which took place before the 17th century, choosing one example from Asia and one from the Americas.
Two examples of different types of global exchange were
(i) Before the 17th century, China exported silk and pottery to Europe in exchange for gold and silver from Europe. This trade was carried out using the traditional ‘silk route’.
(ii) Many common food items like potatoes, soya, groundnuts, maize, tomatoes, chillies and sweet potatoes were introduced into Europe from America, after it was discovered by Christopher Columbus at the end of the 15th century.