Transoceanic voyages during the European Age of Discovery connected the Eastern and Western hemispheres as never before. Changing patterns in long distance trade created the beginnings of an interdependent global economic system. The growth of new trade networks facilitated the movement of goods, people, technologies, and ideas. This cultural exchange will change economic, political, and social systems around the world. Travel through the VMFA galleries to see examples of an increasingly interconnected world!
How does the content of the painting demonstrate the existence of a global economy?
Tulips were one of the most expensive goods in this region of Europe in the early 1620s. Why do you think the artist included them in the painting?
What foods and objects in your kitchen are not native to the region in which you live?
Where does tea originally come from?
Where does sugar originally come from?
How does the British tea and sugar caddy fit into what you know of the triangle trade network of exchange?
Find another object in this gallery that demonstrates the British connection to global trade.
What four different countries were involved in the production, manufacture, and sale of this bottle?
What does the history of the bottle tell you about the relationship between Japan and China?
How about the relationship between Japan and the Dutch East India Company?
Can you list something you have recently purchased that was made by another country but sold here in the US?