Trans Saharan Trade Routes Research Paper

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August Martin High School Said Safie Ms. Rivers November 13, 2014 Trade routes, from ancient times to modern times they provided us a way of transporting goods from one place to another to help others receive what was in need. Throughout ancient times they were various trade routes like the Silk Road which ran through china and Eastern Europe, another trade route was the Trans- Saharan Desert. However trade routes have had an impact on nations and religions but however there were effects, both were positive and negative. The Silk Road, the silk was a trade route that ran from china to Eastern Europe. It went along the northern borders of China, India, and Persia and ended up in Eastern Europe. The Silk Road was important because it helped others trade in the buying and selling of goods between a number of different kingdoms and empires. This helped ideas, culture, inventions, and products to spread through different religions and areas of the word, it was later called cultural diffusion. The Silk Road was a…show more content…
Since the Trans- Saharan Trade route ran through the desert it suffered great impacts when trading. One was when trading in extreme heat and carrying heavy loads, this was very bad because of the long distance traveling traders and merchants were having problems traveling in the heat and long distance. To solve this problem they started using camels because of their unique way of walking for days without water and carrying heavy loads. However Trade was mostly located in the northern part of Africa. Cities that developed around the Trans-Saharan trade route resulted in excessive population growth. Trade had consisted of spices and iron from India. And Tools, ceramics, silk and beads from Europe and Asia. A lot of people and civilizations have benefited from the Trans- Saharan trade routes despite the long distance traveling and problems that came along the

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