Silk Road Trade Items

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Durable Items: * Lions, peacocks, elephants, camels and horses * Perfumes, ivory, jewels and glassware * Chinese inventions of gunpowder, papermaking and printing * Farming and smelting technology * Furs * Ceramics, lacquer and bamboo wares * Ironware, gold and platinum, bronze mirrors * Medicinal herbs and drugs * Chinese Coinage Most goods were bartered, but the Chinese used coinage. 2 Types of Coinage: 1. Knife Money Knife money is the oldest form of hard currency in China. It is blade-like in shape. It always had a hole in the middle blade, as well as hand-carved inscriptions that detailed the coin’s origin and trading value. 2. Round Chinese Coin with Square Hole This is the most abundant of Chinese coins. They had a square hole in the middle so they were easy to string and carry. Each coin was engraved with the title of an Emperor’s reign upon them. * Chinese Silk * Stirrup * Salt, Charcoal, Cotton, Flour * Slaves, tortoise shells Political Models: * Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty * General Zhang Jian of China * Rulers of the Sasanid Empire Improvements on the Transport of Goods: * Camels- Camels can sustain long journeys without water. Not only could they travel long periods without water, but they are able to travel in different environments. For example, they can travel along high mountains and cold steppes and travel in arid deserts. * Caravans- the wheeled vehicles allowed the merchants to travel must quicker and carry more goods to trade while going from place to place. An improvement on top of an improvement was, caravans were pulled by 5 to 12 camels; therefore, they could long journeys as well as fast. * Ships * Stirrup http://factsanddetails.com/china.php?itemid=50&catid=2&subcatid=90#06
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