By Jessica Zheng
AP WORLD HISTORY DBQ
By Jessica Zheng
Prompt: While the Hansa and Swahili shared many similarities, their differences were equally important. What differences in the two trading alliances were critical to the cultural, economic, and political development of the two alliances?
The Hansa and Swahili were two of the most successful and famous trading cities. They share similar terms, however, the two alliances do have differences that were crucial to the cultural, economic, and political paths taken and institutions developed by the Hansa and the Swahili. There were differences such as items that were exchanged between the alliances, the …show more content…
In documents 2 (The Hansa reply to a memorandum from the English Privy Council, after the English arrested Hansa merchants and confiscated their property, 1469), 4 (Declaration of the Hanseatic League for the prosecution of the war against Denmark and Norway, their meeting in Koln, Holy Roman Empire, 1367), 6 (Renewal of the contract for the supply of foodstuffs and materials to and exports from Bruges, Flanders by the Hanseatic diet [Parliament] in Lubeck, 1470) and 8 (Contingents of armed men, which Rostock (Hansa city in Northern Germany) guilds had to furnish for the defense of the town, from official list of 1483) addresses on their protection of merchants and political affairs. In document 2, there is a point of view because the Hansa’s are mentioning that they are a firm for the purpose of ensuring that business enterprises by and land and sea should have a desired and favorable outcome and that there should be effective protection against pirates and highwaymen, so that their ambushes should not be rob merchants of their goods and valuables. Thus, oneself can discuss the greatness of their city and add their own feelings into this document, even if it’s not true. In document 4, it describes the Hanseatic League’s loyalty support for their own merchants and would battle for the safety and security for their merchants. Therefore, offer protection if needed, unlike the Swahili merchants. This is