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  • Silk Road linked to connect two or more people or things. The peoples of the East and the West for more than a thousand years.
  • The Silk Road was actually a network of smaller trade routes.
  • In 138 B.C.E., a Han emperor sent Zhang Qian west with 100 men
  • Many of the mountain passes were narrow and dangerous. Along this part of the route, sometimes called the “trail of bones,” animals and people often died. Pack animals such as donkeys slipped off the narrow trails and tumbled over cliffs. Sometimes, traders unloaded their animals and hand-carried the goods through the passes. 
  • Several dangers faced traders crossing the Taklimakan Desert. Bandits often attacked travelers on the northern route between Dunhuang and Kucha. Throughout the desert, sudden sandstorms sometimes buried travelers in sand. Mirages may have lured travelers off the main path to their deaths.
  • China and Rome did not merely trade new products with each other.
  • The trade between East and West along the Silk Road created cultural diffusion , in which ideas and knowledge—as well as goods—spread from one culture to another.
  • Diets, gardening, and agriculture also changed as trade introduced new plants into different areas. China imported many new foods and spices. Among them were grapes, cucumbers, figs, pomegranates, walnuts, chives, sesame, and coriander.
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