The Silk Road and Trans-Saharan Trade Routes

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The Silk Road and the Saharan Caravan trade routes had many differences and similarities in their development and the impact on the civilizations they made. They were comparable and diverse in many areas of society such as: the development of the empire and how it all began, architecture and writing that was developed, and the spread of religion throughout the region between 300 BCE – 600 CE. The Silk Road developed between 300 BCE and 600 CE. This is because of HOW the Silk Road began and started to develop quickly throughout the world. The major step towards development of the Silk Road was because of the Chinese Emperor Wu Di. He became interested in developing commercial relationship with urban civilizations around the world and so he was influenced by them. This not only encouraged the Chinese to trade more but also showed them new things they had not seen before. This effected the Chinese civilization because this was a major step toward success in the future and many things changed because of trade. They now had different diets from which they could live a more leisure life. The civilization was also effected because of a new thinking government. It was more modern and was more sophisticated. It effected the civilization in a positive way in which there was a lot of development and a learning process. In contrast, the development of the Saharan Caravan trade route was quite different to the Silk Road’s development throughout time. The development mainly was dependent on the rise of the empire of Ghana. The Mediterranean economies where short of gold and so they could supply salt to other countries those were short of it. The Saharan Caravan trade route also developed because of the slave trade. This made a huge contribution to the development because a large number of Africans were sent to the north, to serve as slaves or domestic workers. This effected

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