Chapter 16 Section 3

Central Asia

A Historical Crossroads

Today Central Asia consists of five different independent republics: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Travelers first began to make their way across the region in large numbers around 100 B.C. Many of them joined caravans making the 4,000-mile journey between China and the Mediterranean Sea.


The Silk Road- Traders called this route the Silk Road, after the costly silk they bought in China. In addition to silk,traders carried many other goods on their horses and camels. These included gold,silver,ivory,jade,wine,spices,amber,linen,porcelain,grapes,perfumes, even ostriches and acrobats. The Silk Road also became a route for spreading ideas,technology, and religion.


The Great Game- Interest in Central Asia exploded again in the 19th century when Great Britain ND

The Silk Road