Long-term Benefits of the Crusades

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Long-term Benefits of the Crusades




Contact with the Arab world led to increased trade:

  • new luxury goods came into Europe from the Middle East and China (things like silk, sugar, spices, melons, porcelain, silver, and tapestries)

  • there were expanded markets for European goods (things like textiles)

  • trade centers like Flanders or Genoa and Venice in Italy gained wealth and power

  • towns grew

Europeans learned from the Arab world how to:

  • make new and improved weapons

  • make more accurate maps

Europeans rediscovered Greek and Roman texts and artifacts that had been preserved by Byzantine and Muslim scholars:

  • classical ideas stimulated a renewed intellectual life

  • medieval scholars in universities could study Roman law, Aristotle, and Muslim writings

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