Silk Road

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Silk Road

  1. 1. The Silk Road <ul><li>The Han dynasty opened trade with other ancient cultures </li></ul><ul><li>The main players of trade were the Han dynasty and Rome </li></ul><ul><li>The Han dynasty spanned 400 years (206 B.C to 220 A.D.) </li></ul><ul><li>This was the same period the Roman Empire was in its prime. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Not “A” Road <ul><li>The Silk Road was not a single road between Rome and China </li></ul><ul><li>It was a network of roads that led from one trade center to another </li></ul><ul><li>Previous dynasties had been leery of outsiders—mainly because of constant attacks by Mongol tribes over the years </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Dangers of Trade <ul><li>The climate and terrain were a hardship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cold </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hot </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brutal winds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dangers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>bandits/pirates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>snakes </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What Was the Attraction for China <ul><li>Zang Qian (father of the Silk Road) originally sought an alliance with people in the West to fight the Huns </li></ul><ul><li>He discovered new commodities that would help the Chinese </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bigger, stronger, faster horses (Arabians) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New produce (e.g. grapes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Glassware from blown glass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gold, silver, precious gems </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What Was the Attraction for the West <ul><li>It depended on where one lived, but Rome was the biggest consumer </li></ul><ul><li>Rome had long known about silk; only the rich could afford a small patch, which they wore on their toga </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Also wanted spices and ivory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fine dishware (China) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Valued asbestos for fireproof cloth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But most of all, SILK </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Worth the Risk? <ul><li>Camels and yaks made the “Road” possible. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Camels went East and Yaks traveled West </li></ul></ul><ul><li>East and West got what they desired </li></ul><ul><li>Culture also traded </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fruits, vegetables, noodles, crossbow, gunpowder (early gun) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Assignment <ul><li>http://mrwoodside.com/btthing.aspx </li></ul>

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