Silk Road Essay

466 WordsDec 14, 20132 Pages
Continuities and Changes Throughout the Silk Road The Silk Road was a trading route that started in China and did not only carry goods, and trading items, but ideas, religions, and even disease. The Silk Road was a network of trade routes that even included sea routes, but was mostly known to connect the Eastern Mediterranean to Central Asia, and Central Asia to China. It's main purpose was to provide common goods across Europe from different places and people. Even thought people didn't realize it, they were not only carrying goods and silk, they were carrying disease. The Black Plague was started by a pack of diseased rats that had boarded a single ship and ended with millions dead. Since the Silk Road included both land and sea routes, it was a perfect setup for disease. Ships that had been carrying the disease would dock at ports along the Silk Road and from there it could be spread from person to person on land. Travelers and traders that carried the plague would pass the disease on, affecting every every major city in between Asia and Western Europe. The Black Plague changed Europe forever, however disease was not the only thing that passed through the Silk Road that wasn't silk. The Silk Road was full of new ideas, but it was two religion specific ideas that ended up changing the world. Buddhism and Islam. Buddhism began in China and made its way into Europe with the help of the Silk Road. When Islam came around, Moslems destroyed all symbols of Buddhism they came across. Since Islam was against any representation of Buddhism, most paintings, statues, and monasteries were destroyed and temples and stupas were left abandoned. For awhile these two religions Although the Silk Road went through with many changes, it still maintained its continuity in the goods that were traded. Trade throughout the Silk Road mostly stayed the same in that most

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