Map of the Silk Trade Route
Marco Polo's Route
Voyages of Zheng He
The trade routes that we collectively refer to as the Silk Road started as far back as 2,200 years ago. Although the types of trade goods were varied, it is called the Silk Road because of the demand created for silk from China.
While we may tend to emphasize the economic implications of these trade routes including cities created as stopping points that became wealthy, a much more important trade was taking place throughout this period, the trade of culture. Languages, mathematics, literacy and religion were all shared throughout large areas of the world because of these trade routes.
Essential Question: What led to the rediscovery of the Americas and its colonization?
- We know that Columbus 'rediscovered' the Americas, but what events led to the need for this exploration?
- The Silk road and Ancient Trade: Crash Course World History #9 (10:30)
- Int'l commerce, Snorkeling Camels, and the Indian Ocean Trade: Crash Course World History #18 (10:14)
- Columbus, de Gama, and Zheng He 15th Century Mariners.: Crash Course World History #21 (10:37)
- The Renaissance: Was it a Thing?: Crash Course World History #22 (11:32)
- Answer 5 of the 9 questions, then find others who have answered the questions you have not and have them explain the answers. Explain your answers to them as well.
- How did trade drive the sharing of culture?
- Why did Columbus look west for a route to India?