The Silk Route (Silk Road)
The Silk Route, also known as the Silk Road, was very important in
history. Marco Polo journeyed along this route to bring valuable items to
Europe. It spanned two continents and was over 4,000 miles long. A
Chinese man called Chan Chinašien thought up the idea of the Silk Route.
The route went from Beijing, China to Moscow Russia.
Silk was a product only China had. Each little segment of the Silk Route
was very crucial for the trading process to go on. The Chinese liked the
Silk Route the most because they got a lot of new products for their silk.
The Chinese traded with the Indians and the Indians traded that with the
Roman Empire. The Chinese traded with the Indians for Jade, Gold and
Silver. Silk was not the only thing traded. They traded many things like
gold, jade, silver, grapes, pomegranates, gunpowder and bamboo.
By 760 A.D, The Silk Route trade declined. It was dangerous to travel
over land, and travel and trade by sea had become more popular.