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The Silk Road!

Lots of imformation and fun facts about The Silk Road.

Hannah Dainty

on 5 June 2013

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By Hannah Dainty, 8G. What was the Silk Road? Well, the Silk Road was not one particular address, it passed through the Mediterranean region and China. It was used for hundreds of years until sea routes were established so the Silk Road was no longer needed.The Silk Road is still there but ever since the sea routes form China to India and other country's were established the Silk Road has just died out. Where was the Silk Road? Video

This Video recreates the spirit of Marco Polo's epic journey across China in the 13Th century. What was transported along the Silk Road? The Silk Road Introduction. Google This Prezi is about the Silk Road, using maps with BOLTSS, countries and routes, sates of how the route has expanded and changed overtime, why it was important, alphabetically organized sources and websites, a video, how people have traveled along the Silk Road over time, fast facts and much much more! Each place the Silk Road passed through you could find new exotic foods, beautiful jewelery, illegal drugs, stunning hand made fabrics, different types of animals, fine china and hand made pottery. All these items were exchanged, bought, sold or even stolen on many occasions. The Silk Road also known as the Silk Route was a series of historical interconnected trade routes between the Mediterranean region and China.The Silk Road gets its name from the lucrative Chinese silk trade,

Establishment of The Silk Road.

In 329 BC Alexander the Great expanded his empire into Central Asia and established staging points for trade into China.

End of an era.

The Silk Road ended when sea routes to China were established.

PICTURES FOUND OFF GOOGLE IMAGES. This picture is a head sculpture remains of Alexander the Great, Silk Road extending from Europe through Egypt, Somalia, the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia,Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Burma, Java-Indonesia, and Vietnam until it reaches China. The land routes are red, and the water routes are blue. Fast Facts! Length
7,000 Kilometers,
(4,000 miles)

Establishment of the Silk Road
The Silk Road was opened up around 130 BC when the Han Government dispatched General Zhang Qian as an envoy to build good relationships with small nomadic states west of China. In 329 BC Alexander the Great expanded his empire into Central Asia and established staging points for trade into China.

The Silk Road was travelled by
traders, pilgrims, soldiers, nomads

Most famous traveller
Marco Polo in the 13th century.

What items were traded?
To China: gold, ivory, glass
From China: silk, jade, bronze

End of an era
The Silk Road ended when sea routes to China were established. Bibliography http://www.google.com.au/search?safe=active&hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1280&bih=890&q=the+silk+road+maps&oq=the+silk+road+maps&gs_l=img.3..0l7j0i24l3.1015.3540.0.3693. www.silkroadproject.org/tabid/177/defaul.aspx‎ museumvictoria.com.au/.../the.../terrain-and-trade-on-the-silk-road/ www.orexca.com/silkroad.php‎ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silk_Road‎ Pictures: Websites used for information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silk_Road‎ Practical and impractical items traded along the Silk Road Central Asia:(Practical): exported camels which were very appreciated in China, military equipment, gold and silver, semi-precious stones and glass items. Samarkand made glass was especially valued due to its high quality. It was considered as luxury goods. Other goods were skins, wool, cotton fabrics, (Impractical) gold embroidery, exotic fruits – water-melons, melons and peaches; fat-tailed sheep and hunting dogs, leopards and lions.

China: (Practical) exported snow-white vases, bowls, glasses, and dishes with graceful patterns. Only Chinese owned the secret of making the thinnest and resonant porcelain, therefore, it was very expensive in European markets. (Impractical) Gold, skins and many other things were exported as well. Merchants also carried tea and rice, woolen and flax fabrics, corals, amber and asbestos. The sacks of merchants were filled with ivory, rhino horns, turtle shells, spices, ceramic and iron items, glaze and cinnamon, ginger, bronze weapons and mirrors.

India: was famous for its fabrics, (Practical) spices and semi-precious stones, dyes, and ivory. Iran – for its silver products. (Impractical) Rome received spices, fragrances, jewels, ivory, and sugar and sent European pictures and luxury goods.

Eastern Europe: (Practical) imported rice, cotton, woolen and silk fabrics from Central Asia and exported considerable volumes of skins, furs, fur animals, bark for skin processing, cattle and slaves to Khoresm. Northern Europe was the source of furs, skins, honey and (practical) slaves. Why was the Silk Road important It was important because it was the main trade road of Asia and Europe trading exotic and exciting things, it was a chance to buy and sell items from other regions, to have the chance to travel across country's seeing all the items that represent each country.Over the centuries, many important scientific and technological innovations migrated to the West, along the Silk Road, including gunpowder, the magnetic compass, the printing press, silk, mathematics, ceramic and lacquer crafts, if these were not traded along the silk road some country's would not be as scientificly advanced from these very simple items. 3000 B.C.:
China breeds silkworms and produces silk; it is the first country to do so.

500 B.C.-200 B.C.:
China begins to conceive commercial methods of transporting silk ?a a material seemingly coveted by all ?a to the West. The Silk Road evelops gradually as a series of trading roads from China through Central Asia to India. One of its first uses, however, is to bring jade into China from the city of Khotan, located on the southern edge of the Taklamakan Desert in Central Asia.

4th century B.C.:
Buddhism begins to spread north from India.

3rd century B.C.:
The Bactian and Arabian camels, both vital for desert caravan travel, are domesticated.

2nd century B.C.:
The Silk Road "opens" for commercial trade of silk and other goods. The road consists of several different branches that follow a path of oasis towns around the edges of foreboding deserts and harsh mountain ranges, and then reconnect in the city of Kashgar. Most trade is done over relatively short distances by middlemen who receive a share of the profits; between Rome and Beijing, goods are sold and bartered several times for other objects as the traders make their way from one end of the route to the other. Some main timeline points of
the Silk Road from 3000 BC -2nd century BC. How did people and goods travel along the Silk Road? http://www.todayonline.com/lifestyle/travel/journeying-silk-road When the Silk Road was first established people would ride on camels witch were little tent on a camels back. As the domestication of pack animals and the development of shipping technology both increased the capacity for prehistoric peoples to carry heavier loads over greater distances, cultural exchanges and trade developed rapidly. In addition, grassland provides fertile grazing, water, and easy passage for caravans. The vast grassland steppes of Asia enabled merchants to travel immense distances, from the shores of the Pacific to Africa and deep into Europe, On the map one of the places where the silk road passes through is called Constantinople, but now a days it is called Istanbul. The Silk Road! http;//libary.thinkquest.org/13406/sr/
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