Chapter 24- The Silk Road

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  • The Silk Road
  • Hello class today we will be learning about the Silk Road. The Silk Road was a trading route in ancient China.
  • Today we will be learning about the Silk Road. The Silk Road is a trade route that developed once the Han Dynasty started to rule  over China.  The trade route was over 4,000 miles long and connected the Han and Roman Empire.
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  • 24.1
  •  Zhang Qian or the father of the Silk Road founded the trade routes. The Chinese often traded silk since they are the only ones who know how to make that strong, light, warm, and soft material. Although the Romans made glassware which was highly prized by the Chinese, since they didn't know how to make it.
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  • 24.2
  • The Silk Road  had  many different trade spots. The two major routes were the Eastern and Western routes. The Eastern route stretched from the Gobi Desert to the Dunhuang. The Dunhuang was protected by the Great Wall however the  Gobi Desert had many sand storms and there were often bandits. People would trade valuable goods such as silk, glassware, jewelry, etc.
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  • The Western Silk Road begins in Kashquar and ends in the Pamir Mountains. The mountains had narrow trails and many travelers experienced headache, dizziness, and ringing noises in there ears. This is because it is 20,000 feet tall at its peak. Trader would trade perfumes, dyes, gold, silk, carpets, etc.
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  • The trading on the Silk Road created many cultural diffusions. In other words the ideas of other cutures spread. More culture knew how to make glass, silk, ect. Even there beliefs spread. Buddihst Religoin spread rom India to China because of this trade route.
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