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Old June 18th, 2009, 10:00 PM   #1

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It clear says "European Nations were looking for quicker routes to India, As the Ottoman Turks were blocking the route through Eygpt.."









WHAT! I thought for sure that the Porteguese were the ones in control of that route? Not the Ottomans.
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Old June 18th, 2009, 11:08 PM   #2

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According to this map, that sounds pretty accurate
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Old June 19th, 2009, 06:56 AM   #3

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I think not lie.in fact should not do justice by cutting a sentence.
We should take a look at paragraph.
also what, when, why, we must know how to say it.

When there are close to a road, to select a long way might not be anyone's business in that period.
In addition We should know the importance of the Mediterranean Sea on this issue.We must know what is important for many states.
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Old June 19th, 2009, 07:02 AM   #4

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Dear King of Rome;
Maybe, I can not reach the your history book but you can give the title(name) and author of the book , it could provide information about book.
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Old June 19th, 2009, 07:13 AM   #5
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The Porteguese route was long, contested by Ottoman sea power and as a consequence more dangerous and expensive. Whilst the Earth was accepted to be a globe the majority of the estimates were seriously off, so a direct route across the Atlantic seemed possible and probalby quicker.
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I suspect that it's not the first time your history books lied to you.
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Old June 19th, 2009, 08:39 AM   #7

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No, no! I know the Ottoman Empire's extents and stuff.
But I'm almost positive that through treaties or something the Porteguese had rights over Eygpt
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Old June 20th, 2009, 10:55 AM   #8
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I don't think there ever was a time when the Portuguese had any relevance over Egypt.... maybe the British Empire or even the German/French Empires; but not Portugal... Egypt (and hence the Suez) was in Ottoman hands until just prior to the Napoleonic Wars I believe, when it was handed over to Britain.
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I'm more inline with Jeb writes. That sounds about right. Wasn't the Portuguese more powerful and concentrated in the Indian Ocean region?
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Old September 3rd, 2009, 05:07 PM   #10

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History is shaped through distortions and omissions that favor whoever happens to be in charge.

In terms of trading with the East. If you are trading goods, there is a high profit motive in discovering a way by water because doing it by sailing ship is much cheaper and less hazardous than a camel caravan
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