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The Dangers of the Silk Road
Transcript of The Dangers of the Silk Road
Beware of Bandits
Another problem that made traveling in the Silk Road dangerous was the mountains that the caravans had to encounter.
Travelers and merchants would have to face the Hindu Kush mountains as they journeyed across the Silk Road.
The Hindu Kush Mountains are very long and a very wide mountain range that runs across the East to West of Europe and Asia, and from Afghanistan all the way to China.
The mountain ranges about 500 miles long and 150 miles wide.
During the winter the Hindu Kush Mountains are covered in snow and make it very difficult for the travelers and merchants to cross.
Some mountains like the Mount Tirich Mir are covered in snow year round.
Travelers have to face terrible ice storms that make their travel very hard and long.
In the website, Mr. Donn, it stated that some people would go blind because of the snow, and frostbites as they would travel through the mountains.
There were many accidents because people would fall off the mountains while traveling on their horses and camels.
From China to Europe, it is mostly covered with the Taklimakan Desert which is one of the worlds most hostile environments.
Caravans had to face Sandstorms.
Sandstorms are caused by violent wind that occurs most of the time in deserts.
They could last a few minutes or a couple of days and they happen suddenly and unexpected.
They can be very violent and carry sand miles and miles.
It was a long journey through the desert where there was not only the risk of sandstorms but also starvation and thirst.
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Bandits were a common threat along the Silk Road.
The bandits learned that not only silk was being traveled through those roads, but also gold, precious stones, glass, and other materials from China.
These items were luxurious at the time.
Caravans would trade items such as furs, ceramics, cinnamon, bark, rhubarb, and bronze.
The terrain was taken advantage by the bandits who organized raids so they could rob the caravans.
Caravans traveled with their own forces as defense, which would increase the cost of the trip for the merchants.
That is the only way merchants could feel safe.
The Huns: Bandits of the Silk Road
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