Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the civilizations of Medieval Japan.

Sites of Encounter - Qhanzhou

While Sicily’s ports were rather small, Quanzhou was one of the largest and busiest ports in the medieval world. Located on China’s southeast coast, Quanzhou was a primary destination for Arab, Persian, Indian, and Southeast Asian ships carrying merchants eager to buy China’s famed porcelain and silk. Because of its extensive internal economy and technological advances, China exported more than it imported. Although the land route to China was sometimes difficult to travel, shipping to and from the southeast coast meant that China was never isolated from outside world.