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For the past few hundred years, Europe has been the biggest player in global trade. But there was a time when Europe was way behind the more advanced civilizations of the east, like India and China. Europe’s rise to dominate world trade dramatically changed cultures around the world. European sailors would use brand-new technology to face the dangerous unknown oceans. They would meet people in faraway lands and get to know their food, animals, and cultures. Soon, people and objects would be traveling around the world at a rate that had never before been seen. For many people of the world, this period also brought on attacks to their cultures and ways of life. Millions of people wo