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Trans-Saharan Trade

The Sahara Desert is one of the more frequent examples of a natural barrier to trade, with the vast arid expanse blocking communication between the southern Mediterranean coast and West Africa. However, this is relatively recent and a result of … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: Hasekura Tsunenaga

During the Age of Sail, many European merchants went on long expeditions to the East Indies to establish trade and bring back the lucrative spices that would make them rich. This resulted in a large expansion and creation of trade … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: Why is a Mocha a Mocha?

Everybody knows the standard coffee terms. Latte, Americano, java, mocha, etc. But the origins of the words are less known. Some are fairly well known and obvious; café latte and café au lait, for instance, are Italian and French for … Continue reading

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