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Culture as determinant of economics

From: Southeast Asian Exports since the 14th century:

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“As is well known, the passion to obtain pepper more cheaply and to stop the flow of European silver and gold into Muslim hands to pay for it was one of the principal factors which propelled the Portuguese and Spanish on their voyages of discovery.”

So the discovery of the Americas and the invasion of the protuguese to the east indies was not simply because Europe was external trade oriented as Arrighi says but also because of cultural and religious factors.

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