Taxation and Standing armies
these were the trading routes in the 15th century, with the uprising of stronger societies, new goods were also brought along with that because of trading along the Indian ocean. New goods leads to more trading and with all the the trading came new taxes on the citizens.
the compass below with different currencies on it symbolizes that no matter where you go, there will be money needed, and sometimes that money is used to pay taxes!
college board theme
State building, Expansion, and Conflict is the best college board theme for this topic because the standing armies and taxes were both controlled by the ruler, which falls under empire. Also, the army reflects on how the nation is viewed by others and how well there structure is.
i compared this to Greece because both had strong authorities and economic centers. a diffrence though is that in the Greece's polis, or city states, charged taxes on the land near the shores while, in these English city states, they charged taxes on individuals.