Next Steps

Lessons 1 and 2 in the geographic investigation highlighted differences in global access to technology and consumption goods. Globalization, dating back thousands of years, involves stakeholders around the world who are engaged in trade. In the process, an exchange of ideas and culture, to name a few, occur. With changes in power, resources, and factors external and internal to individual nations, centers of trade have changed through time. An enrichment activity provides you with an opportunity to map and examine these spatial-temporal changes.

Enrichment Activity: Changing Trade Centers

Map Trade is a website that maps trade data. Click on the map below to enter the website and follow the steps to investigate trade through time.

Map Creation Based on Trade Data
Source: © Manish Nag
Map Trade

1. Once you are in the Map Trade website, you can select to explore trade relating to the following factors: time interval, origin and destination of trade, type of commodity, trade threshold, and value of trade.

Map Creation Based on Trade Data
Source: © Manish Nag
Map Trade

2. Let's investigate the global trade of wheat in 1980 and 2009. For the first map, select the following variables:

Year: 1980

From: All Countries

To: All Countries

Commodity: Wheat

Threshold: (leave blank)

Aggregate Value: top 75%

Click "Generate Map" button to the right. You may want to experiment with different map projections as the countries will be shown differently in size, orientation, area, and shape.

3. For the second map, leave all variables the same as above but changing "Year" to 2009.

4. Maps 1 and 2 should look similar to those below. Notice that the exporters of wheat have changed over time. For example, in 2009, U.S. and West African countries have a stronger trade than they did in 1980.

Wheat Trade in 1980 and 2009
Source: © Manish Nag
Map Trade

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