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INTRODUCTION

Mesopotamia was an interesting and highly intelligent civilization. They knew to survive they needed to trade with other people. They traded many things for their basic needs because they couldn't buy anything back then because there wasnt really a set currency. And there was a much more independent mind set. The only way to meet those was to trade. They would make boats and go and trade objects to people all over Mesopotamia. They helped their civilization flourish by trading.

WHY AND WHAT THEY TRADED

Mesopotamia didn't have as many natural resources as other places around that time so they needed to trade all the time to get good resources.
Mesopotamians normally traded materials like grains,oil,fabrics and very large surpluses of food, they traded these materials for wine and certain metals like gold, copper, limestone and timber. These would of been especially important in these times that were long before stainless steel and iron. They traded to survive. Example they would trade copper for clothes ect. They traded many things. They would travel over seas and land to trade things. The mesopotamians needed to trade because not all resources were in the area in which they lived.

WHERE THEY TRADED AND HOW THEY GOT THERE

To get to where they needed to trade their goods they had to travel. They travelled by foot, donkey, boat, raft, coracle ,river boat or cart.Lots of these trades were done in Ur, that was a highly populated city. The people from UR traded with some people who were as far away as Afghanistan. Other People would have gone to traded in the area that is now India Sumerian ships sailed all around the persian gulf looking for Ivory,(Elephant tusks). They did not use any form of money the only way to get something was to trade it with someone else. Mesopotamia was quite a large area and some environments were better than others. Many people would go to these places



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A Coracle
Ivory
Ivory

THE PERSIAN GULF
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REFERENCE

BOOKS
The Kingfisher Book of The Ancient World. New york,New york:King Fisher publishing
Mary Martell,Hazel. The Mesopotamians conquerors of the middle east. Vero Beach, Florida:Rourke publishing, 2005
WEBSITES
http://www.shrewsburyma.gov/schools/Central/Curriculum/ELEMENTARY/SOCIALSTUDIES/Mesopotamia/ancient_mesopotamia.htm
http://www.mesopotamia.co.uk/trade/home_set.html
http://oi.uchicago.edu/OI/MUS/ED/TRC/MESO/life.html
http://www.mesopotamia.co.uk/trade/explore/exp_set.html