Han Contacts with other Cultures

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  • Hi Jake isn’t it true that Ancient China had many contacts with other cultures through trading?
  • Yes that is true! Let's look back at the old history of the Chinese trading!
  • In Ancient China many inventions were created. One of them was, for example, silk. China was the only country who knew how to make silk. It’s production was a very guarded secret. All the other cultures also wanted to have the silk so they began to trade.
  • Yes they didn’t have any cars or trucks. In Ancient China they traded with wheel barrows over specific trading routes. But first let’s look back at how they even began to trade.
  • But how did they trade? They didn't have any cars or trucks right?
  • In the Han Dynasty(206 BC - 220 BC) there were many advances in manufacturing. The Chinese became masters in iron work, which helped make the army more powerful. But this was not the only thing. The Chinese also increased the popular production of silk, which for centuries, woman knew how to make.
  • Yes you’re right. Telling the secret of its production could be punishable dead!
  • And the silk production was a very guarded secret right?
  • Wait, didn’t they need roads to trade the silk?
  • The trading of China with other countries started because of the armies conquering land, mostly of Central Asia. At the same time Wudi, the emperor of China, wanted a strong and study Central Asia horse for his army. China’s leaders quickly saw making profit by trading the silk with the horses and started making contact with Central Asia.
  • Yes they did!
  • One of the most popular trading routes was the silk road. The silk road stretched from western China across Asia’s deserts then over the mountain ranges till it finally went through Eastern Middle Europe and end at the Mediterrenan Sea. This in length, equalled 4,000 miles in total.
  • WOW and through the trading on the silk road China probably got very rich right?
  • Yes expecially through Rome. In Rome silk was so popular that they traded silver and gold for the silk!!!
  • WOW that's cool!
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