Incense Road

By: Nathan Sims

Time Period and Countries Involved

The exact start of the incense road is unknown as it goes as far back as history has been recorded. Many believe it began with the domestication of the camel. The route died out by 24 BC.

Babylon, Assyria, Arabia with its many tribes, European nations, and Mediterranean civilizations were all involved in the trade.

What Was Traded and How it Affected the Countries Involved

Incenses such as myrrh, frankincense, and others were mainly what was traded on this route.

The incense road was optimized by many countries. King Solomon took advantage and collected taxes in the form of incense they received from the merchants on the trade route. This road also caused many towns to be set up for the merchants to rest and get water. This trading allowed for many countries to communicate and for people to discover the true dangers of the world around them. Merchants discovered the harshness of the desert and the incense traded caused the spread of culture as it wasn't only used for money, but also for religious purposes. This road also raised awareness for water travel which lead to many developments later on in the future. Many countries took much profit from the trade as they become more economically prosperous. The Incense Road also lead to the development of the Incense Sea Route.