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Southeast Asia

Why did European nations have an interest in southeast Asia?


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February 07, 2011 4:08PM

Europeans wanted southeast Asian countries because of their location along the sea route to China. Europeans also recognized the value of the Pacific colonies as sources of tropical agriculture, minerals, and oil. Also, the Europeans knew that Southeast Asia held a rapidly growing spice trade which earned significant money. Europe also wanted technology, and control of other countries.