Salt, Gold, and Silk Oh My! By: natallie Garst

The Silk Road originated in 206 B.C. and went on till 220 A.D. during the Han Dynasty. The Silk Road wasn't a road nor was it made of silk, it was an overland route where merchants carried goods for trade. At the time silk was a big deal because the only country that produced silk was china and they kept its way of production a secret.(this picture shows silk like the silk the traders used)
Putting into mind that The Silk Road was not a road we can realize that it was a trade route and The Silk Road also used the Mediterranean Sea and The Pacific Ocean as trade routes.( This picture shows The Pacific Ocean)
Silk has many uses but one of the main uses was use for clothes. If you wore silk then that signified your wealth.
Along the Silk Road there was also spices, olives, olive oil, wine, jade, silver, iron, incense, and tortoise shells that were traded to merchants along the way.(This picture shows spices and herbs used for trade)
The way that the traders transported the goods was by using camels. Along the way the camels had to stop frequently so small towns on the way became important.( this picture shows the camels carrying the trade artifacts)
Three reasons the Silk Road impacted us: 1. Economic impact- a lot of people couldn't afford Silk so they devoted to making it. 2. Trade ideas- primary spread of Buddhism is from the Silk Road. 3. Diseases- measles, smallpox, and the bubonic plague spread along the Silk Road from the east to the west. (This picture shows the desert the traders had to travel across to meet up)

The Silk Road Video

On the other hand, we have the African Gold-Salt Trade that originated around the 5th century. This trade started when the Berber speaking people began crossing the Sahara Desert.
We start with the people of Tanghaza whose role in this trade was they were salt miners.
Next we have the people of Wangarea who were the gold miners in this trade.
The way this worked was that each city had something the other wanted which allowed this trade to work and leave everyone with an equal amount of stuff.
Even though gold seems to be more valuable, salt actually is more beneficial because you need salt to live while gold is just a want.

Gold-Salt Trade Video

In many ways, The Silk Road has impacted the modern day world and some of our major advancements in the world may not have happened without The Silk Road. The Silk Road introduced us to raw materials, finished goods, ideas, inventions, and religion. The Silk Road also provided a model for trade even if it's not the same form of trade we use today. Back then, rare luxury goods were hard to acquire, now we can get it at our local corner store within minutes thanks to our new trade system.
Created By
Natallie Garst


Created with images by Joanna Bourne - "salt" • FrankWinkler - "fabric silk gold" • rabiem22 - "A Distant City" • ctvgs - "shiny purple silk" • Romi - "chillis chilli pepper chili" • xisdom - "caravan desert safari" • fdecomite - "Silk Road 1992" • H74k(offline - some time) - "_DSC1145-39" • TooFarNorth - "salt shaker" • TimShoesUntied - "Door detail" • South African Tourism - "Witsand - South Africa" • Lauri Väin - "Cacti" • jar [o] - "Silk Robe"

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