Trade and transfer (world gallery - additional information)

Trade and Transfer

Over time, the need for communicating, sharing skills or for acquiring goods and materials from neighbours has led to trading networks and routes being forged all over the world.

The Mediterranean sea has been used as crossroads for trading Egyptian glass. Across the Saharan Desert, people travelling with camels have created routes and passages, and along the Northwest Coast, the canoe was the essential connection between peoples.

Samoan, Tongan and Fijian traders have created systems for the exchange of knowledge. At Lagos' biggest market, transactions carried out for children’s shoes or new mobile phones are all examples of ways in which we have traded and how we acquire new goods that have found their way to the display in the World Gallery.

Collection Information

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