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Networks of Communication and Exchange 300 BCE - 600 CE

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Transcript of Networks of Communication and Exchange 300 BCE - 600 CE

300 BCE - 600 CE Networks of Communication and
Exchange Silk road 1. Began around the second century
BCE Sahara Desert Trade
1. Occurred throughout the Sahara; Egypt, Bantu tribes, all had lands involved 2. Went from Eastern
Mediterranean across the Middle East through nomads and ended in China 3. Used by civilizations stretching from China to the Eastern Mediterranean 4. Many valuable commodities were traded, but silk was the most significant However, other things such as iron tools and fur were also exchanged 5. Domesticated pigs spread along silk road. The belief of Egyptians that pigs are dirty and evil would spread to Judaism and later Islam. 6. Many philosophies and cultural traits such as Buddhism and language were "traded" across the silk road 7. The silk road had huge cultural influence - the trading of goods introduced different cultures to each other's products and traditions, along with the spread of Buddhism and Christianity along the road. Indian Ocean Maritime 1. Between the coastal lands of East Africa, southern Arabia, the Persian Gulf, India, Southeast Asia, and southern China 2. Initially used between ancient civilizations, until trade broke off. Also significant due to the boats used to make trade possible. 3. Primarily used by Indians, Arabs, East Africans, Malay, and Chinese 4. Africa exported ivory, exotic animals, and wood. Arabic lands exported scrubby trees for resin. India shipped spices and manufactured goods, as did China and east Asia. 5. Important Roman/Greek document describing Egyptian ports and trade along the Indian Ocean Maritime 6. Very similar influence to the silk road and Sahara trade; just as significant as the trade of products was the trade of ideas and culture 2. It was used by Egyptians, Bantu tribes, Garamantes, and other African people around the Sahara 3. Gold, ivory, and slaves were heavily traded 4. The Sahara was an extremely arid desert; one of the largest in the world and the largest hot desert. 5. The Bantu people are a group of people named for their use of the Bantu language, which originated around Nigeria.
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