Review of Trading Systems. AP World History. Trading Systems 500 BCE to 500 CE. Silk Road Trade 200 B.C.E. to 220 C.E. Silk Road Trade 200 B.C.E. to 220 C.E. Silk Road Trade 200 B.C.E. to 500 C.E.
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Trade in silk grew under the Han Dynasty ( 202 BC - AD 220) in the first and second centuries C.E.
Central Asian herders ran caravans linking trade between China and urban areas in Mesopotamia.
The 7000 mile route spanned China, Central Asia, Northern India, and the Roman Empire. It connected the Yellow River Valley to the Mediterranean Sea and passed through present-day countries Iran, Iraq and Syria.
The Saharan trade extended from the Sub-Saharan West African kingdoms across the Sahara desert to Europe. The Saharan Trade linked such African empires as Ghana, Mali, and Songhay to the European world.
Ghana possessed a large amount of gold.
The Desert regions of present day Morocco and Algeria contained huge salt resources.
The gold-salt trade between the Ghana Empire and the Arab desert merchants flourished.