Silk Road Patterns of Interactions

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The Silk Road from the period of 200bce to 1450ce had many patterns of interaction that change and stayed the same over time. The patterns of interaction that changed over 200bce to 1450ce were the safety of the roads due to expansion of government with protective borders. Items that were traded along the Silk Road changed during the years 200bce to 1450ce. Lastly religion exchange on the Silk Road changed during the years of 200bce to 140ce. The patterns of Interaction that stayed constant throughout the Silk Road were that it always was used for trading. It always linked Europe to Asia. Lastly the oasis towns were always used by the merchants along the Silk Road.

The Silk Road’s patterns of interaction changed over the years of 200bce to 1450ce. The safety of the roads changed many times. At first the roads were dangerous because no Empire or state had control of the land along the Silk roads allowing for bandits to live in unclaimed land. Later the borders of states grew with government to protect their borders and the safety of the roads. Then the fall of Rome made traveling along the dangerous again, later however the Byzantine still traded on the Silk Road. After the fall, the Mongols were conquering new land making it dangerous again. Later after the Mongols finished conquering the land they made a government that would encourage merchants to travel again by making the roads safer because they understood the important of trading to benefit their economy. Items that were traded along the Silk Road changed. At first the Silk Road was used by the Romans to trade with China for their silk and pottery in exchange for gold and silver. Silk was a highly praised clothe by the Romans creating the Silk Road for trading. Later the Muslims started to use the Silk Road bring, ivory, gold, and slaves to be traded. The Muslims got the ivory, gold, and slaves by trading with Africa. Lastly the compass, gunpowder,...
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