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Mercantilism - Economic Project - AP European History

The second Dutch expedition to the East Indies. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Accessed Sep 16, 2022. 

Portuguese outpost, Ceilam, 1500s. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Accessed Sep 16, 2022.

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