June 24th, 2011

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Consulting the Hive Mind: all the Tea in China

While discussing Renaissance history and culture for our upcoming Ironclaw campaign, kohai_tiger asked a question that surprised me -- in no small part because I realized I had never really thought to ask it before.

The question:

Europe traded with China, and got silk, tea, spices and all sorts of things.

What did China get from Europe?

Of course, my Eurocentric US-ian education didn't have an answer for that ... and, to my annoyance, my Google Fu hasn't proven equal to the task of getting an answer.

I turn to you, O Loyal Readers. Can anyone provide links and references to tell us just what it was the successors to Marco Polo were delivering to the Middle Kingdom in return for all those well-known luxury goods?