Seafaring Traders

Pheonician Culture and achievments

Probably the greatest achievements done by this culture was the alphabet, because now people were able to keep records and communicate easier.

Phoenician Trade Routes

Phoenician Trade

The Phoenicians were one of the greatest traders of their time.Trade was one of the main factors that affected the development of Phoenician. The Phoenician's initial trading partners were the Greeks. With them, they used to trade wood, slaves, glass and powdered Tyrian Purple, used by Greek rich people to color clothes and othergarments.The first cities establish by the Phoenician were Byblos, Tyre, and Sidon wich were important trading centers.

Phoenician trade was based on the Tyrian Purple, which was a violet-purple dye that came from the Murex sea-snail's shell. Obtaining this die was very difficult, since they had to leave a snail for days in order for it to give a two or three drops of the die. To havea small bottle of this dye, at least 60,000 snails had to be used. Wich only Royalty was able to pay.To other places like Egypt, where grape would not grow, Phonecians sent wine.

They not only exported but also obtained materials from other places, including silver from the Iberian Peninsula or tin from Great Britain. The Phoenicians established several comercial outposts through the Mediterranean sea, one of them was Carthage located in North Africa.The main thing they traded was The Phoenicians traded wine,weapons, precious metals, ivory,slaves, and this red-purple dye that only royalty could afford.


Minoans Advanced Culture

Minoans were famous because of their great craftsmanship as carpenters, they built ships with different shape that make it more efficiently against the current. They weren’t only ship builders, they were also architects. They built many cities and houses, unlike other civilization The Minoans had a Royal Palace in the middle instead of a Temple in the center.In Knossos, the Minoan capital, archaeologists found the remains of an advanced culture. Due to some findings archeologist have had, they assume that their culture was peaceful because their cities didnt have a fortifications to protect themselves.The wall paintings and vases in Knossos suggest that the minoans were graceful, athletic people who loved nature and beautiful objects. They also like sports such as wrestling and boxing.There many artworks also show that women had roles in religious ceremonies.Also, their main god was a women, Mother Earth Goddess, which had control over the other Gods of Crete.


Minoan's Trade

From about 2000 to 1400 B.C., the Minoans dominated trade in the eastern mediterrnanean.They lived in Crete, a large island on the southern edge of the Aegean Sea.They traded pottery, along with swords, figurines, and vessels of precious metals.Minoans traded their goods for crops that didnt grow on their island due to the poor soil they were limited by wheat, grape and olvies.


Minoan's Sudden End

Minoans sudden disapearnce was due to surprising natural disaster. Or more likely a chain of natural disastets due to the Volcanic eruption earthquakes were created and tsunamis were created by earthquakes this made a very high impact on the little structure that the time was able to give.

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