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The Silk Road Presentation

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Liana Balaban-Kroll

on 7 June 2014

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The Formation
The Silk Road was a network of trade routes that was formally established during the Han Dynasty in China.

The route was established during 206 BC to AD 220.
The western end of the route developed earlier than the eastern end.
The Silk Road was formed as a result of the expansion of the development of trade, which led to the creation of these trade routes.
The Name
The title, "The Silk Road," was named by a German photographer, Ferdinand von Richthofen.
Since silk was the major trade product that was traded on this road, it was named after it in 1877 CE.
The name is considered to be misleading because the route carried many more items of trade and was not a single route, but many branches passing through different settlements.
The Silk Road includes routes stretching through land and water. The Silk Road extends from Europe through Egypt, Somalia, the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Burma, Java-Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam until it reaches China.
Imports and Exports
It has been described that not only were goods traded on the Silk Road, but also ideas and cultures.
Religions such as Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and more spread across Europe and Asia through these trade routes.
Silk was the most valuable and treasured of the items that were transported along these trade routes.
Animals such as horses, mules, camels, and domestic dogs were also traded.
Difficulties and Troubles on the Silk Road
While the Silk Road is considered to be the most affective form of trade in its time, travelers on the routes did have to overcome difficulties.
Bandits (thieves)
Weather conditions
Fun Facts!
The Silk Road was over 4,000 miles long!
Marco Polo traveled to China along the Silk Road.
The Silk Road brought together the west and the east for more than 1,000 years.
The Silk Road was not in fact one road, but many different routes that were connected.
The Silk Road
By Chris Steinhacker, Liana Balaban-Kroll and Carson Kirman
The End!
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