Summer O'Neill Story Board
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Sailing on a Merchant Ship
Why is this ship so slow?!
Visiting a Farm
Traveling from Place to Place
Wooden ships owned by merchants would usually carry traded goods to and from the mainland/the islands. The Greeks would usually trade wine, olive oil, grapes, olives, and pottery for things like metal, timber, and grain. Unfortunately, the ships were made to carry heavy amounts of goods instead of being made for speed, so the ships would travel at an extremely slow pace of 3-5 mph, resulting in very long journeys at sea.
Since the land of Greece is very mountainous, many farmers found it difficult to raise animals and grow crops because of the limited amount of flat land. To solve this problem, farmers grew plants that didn't need a lot of space to grow such as olives and grapes. Also, instead of raising cattle (which need a lot of flat land to graze on), they raised animals like goats, sheep, pigs, and chickens.
In ancient Greece, traveling from place to place was very challenging. It was very challenging because roads were unpaved, sharp rocks would shatter wagon wheels, there are shelter at inns but no food or supplies, and most people travelled in groups but it is slow moving and there is a higher threat of bandits. Also, let's not forget that it is very difficult to travel over mountains, and only rich people could afford horses.
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