By the end of the lesson, students should be able to:
- Explain the importance of ports in trading routes through the first activity.
- Identify and explain the factors for Temasek's rise as an important trading port through the worksheet provided.
Imagine you are a wealthy European merchant en route to China with the intention of conducting trade. Your journey to the East will take months. What are the essentials you will need for your journey?
What are trading ports?
Ports: A place usually near the seacoast, where ships can dock
Trading port: A place near the seacoast where people can exchange/buy or sell goods and services.
Why are ports important?
1. Stopovers for ships to re-supply food and water, as well as repair any damage to their ships
2. Places to conduct trade.
Reasons for the emergence of Temasek as an important trading port
1. Fall of the Kingdom of Srivijaya (7th – 13th Century)
- Look at the map below.
- Refer to page 57 and 58.
- Mark where Temasek is on the map with an “X”
- Circle the Straits of Melaka and the Sunda Straits
- Look at the sea trade route. Suggest why traders would rather conduct their activities in the Straits of Melaka rather than the Sunda Straits
2. Role of Temasek as an Entrepot
- What is an entrepot?
- Why do you think that Temasek’s role as an Entrepot led to its rise as an important trading port?
3. Advantages of Monsoons to Temasek
Refer to your textbooks pages 60 and 61.
- What are monsoons?
- How did these monsoons help the traders in their journeys?
- How did these monsoons help Temasek to emerge as an important trading port?
4. Sang Nila Utama’s Orang Laut
- How do you think Sang Utama’s Orang Laut contributed to the rise of Temasek as an important trading port?