Merchant's Life Under Mongol Rule

Inspiration

The Mongol rule was a big part in Chinese history. We didn’t cover it much, but I have always been interested in learning more about it. Trading was very popular during the Mongol rule. Since merchants traded, they were perfect to write about. The Silk Road was a big part of trading during the Mongol rule.

Factoid

“The Mongols temporarily suspended the Chinese civil service system to allow these other peoples to assume positions.”

Traded goods

The Chinese traded many things along the Silk Road Which stretches from Egypt and Italy to China. People built roads to travel on. They traded silk which was used for clothes, " paper, fishing lines, bowstrings, and canvas for painting." They also traded animals, Fur, hides, tea and cloth. As well as manufactured goods.

Factoid

"The Mongols originally consisted of loosely organized nomadic tribes in Mongolia,"

Status

"Traditionally, merchants were accorded a relatively low social status in China. " The mongols then worked to improve the social status of traders and merchants throught their domains. Afterwards, they had a higher status in China.

Other

The Chinese during the Mongol time left a lasting impact on history. They had a postal-station system where they could secure supplies and rest. "

The postal-station system was, of course, originally devised to facilitate the transmission of official mail from one part of the empire to another. Set up approximately every 20 miles along the major trade routes and stocked with supplies of food, horses, and lodging, the stations were an incredible boon to all travelers, whether they were traveling for business or otherwise.” Under the Mongol rule, they also had the benefit of not beig faced with confiscatory taxation. They also "granted higher tax breaks and benefits to trader in an effort to promote commerce" in Persia.

Factoid

“In Persia and other Islamic lands, many Mongols adopted Muslim customs and the Muslim faith.”

Biblography

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