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World Trade Networks: The Silk Road & Africa. The Silk Road. Linked China & the Mediterranean World 150-907 & 13 th -17 th Century Started by Chinese demand for Western Imports Horses, Alfalfa, Metals, Precious Stones Chinese Exports Peaches, Apricots, Spices, Silk, Pottery,

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World trade networks the silk road africa

World Trade Networks:The Silk Road & Africa


The silk road

The Silk Road

  • Linked China & the Mediterranean World 150-907 & 13th-17th Century

  • Started by Chinese demand for Western Imports

    • Horses, Alfalfa, Metals, Precious Stones

  • Chinese Exports

    • Peaches, Apricots, Spices, Silk, Pottery,

  • Helped Spread Religion & Technology

    • Christianity, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, and Islam

    • Military tech = the stirrup


The sasanid empire 224 600

The Sasanid Empire 224-600

  • Conflict & Peace with the Byzantines

    • Peace time = Trade Flourished

    • War = Religious motivated (Christianity v. Zoroastrianism)

    • Camel Saddle = Control of caravan trade

  • Sasanid Culture

    • Silk Road Trade w/India & China

    • Zoroastrianism official religion (intolerant)

    • Religion = Citizenship, language, & ethnicity


Indian ocean maritime system

Indian Ocean Maritime System

  • Isolated from inland populations

    • West = No access to large inland populations = lack of customers

    • East = Larger pop. But not oriented towards the sea

  • Traders & Sailors married local women

    • Women = Mediators between cultures


Saharan africa

Saharan Africa

  • Early Saharan Cultures

    • Hunting / Cattle Breeders / Horse Herders

    • Camels introduction = trade, travel, and contact between the people of the Northern & Southern Sahara

  • Trade Across the Sahara

    • Southern Sahara = access to desert salt deposits

    • Northern Sahara = exported agricultural products / wild animals

    • Berbers & Nomadic Trade = Copper/Goods for gold


Sub saharan africa

Sub Saharan Africa

  • Development of Cultural Unity

    • No “great” tradition instead “small”

    • Highly diverse (2000 languages) due to different food productions, ecology, lack of communication = No dominant power

  • African Cultural Common Characteristics

    • Kingship

    • Hoe/Digging Stick

    • Music / Dancing / Rituals

  • Spread of Ideas

    • Religious tradition

    • Iron Tools

    • Farming methods


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