Chinese Inventions

By: Gaby, Hanbit

Silks Importance

Although silk is naturally created by silkworms, China invented how to harvest the silk and use it in clothing and even paper. It was also A vital part of Ancient China's economy, as Europe imported alot of China's. Ancient China's invention connected it to the outside world through trade. This then led to the creation of the "Silk Road." This outside connection grew as Ancient China started trading more than just silk. That is until Europeans smuggled the silkworm eggs out of China.

The Silk Road

The Silk Road was not only a conduit for silk, but also for many other products. It was a very important path for cultural and technological transmission that linked traders, merchants, pilgrims, missionaries, soldiers, nomads and urban dwellers among China, India, Persia and Mediterranean countries for about 3,000 years.

Extending over 4,000 miles, the road enabled people to transport trade goods, especially luxuries such as silk, satins and other fine fabrics, musk, other perfumes, spices and medicines, jewels, glassware and even rhubarb, while simultaneously serving as a conduit for the spread of knowledge, ideas, and cultures between different parts of the world (China, India, Asia Minor and the Mediterranean). Trade on the Silk Road was a significant factor in the development of the great civilizations of China, India, Egypt, Persia, Arabia, and Rome, and in several respects helped lay the foundations for the modern world. Although the term the Silk Road implies a continuous journey, very few who traveled the route traversed it from end to end. For the most part, goods were transported by a series of agents on varying routes and were traded in the bustling mercantile markets of the oasis towns.

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The Silk Road and Ancient Trade: Crash Course World History #9