Chapter 16 Section 3

Central Asia


  • Central Asia consists of 5 independent republics Kazakhstan, .Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.
  • The 4,000 mile journey between the Mediterranean and China is called the "Silk Road".
  • The Silk Road is a major trading route that runs through China. Other than silk many other goods were traded. Such as: Gold, Silver, Ivory, Jade, Wine, Spices, Amber, Linen, Grapes and perfumes and much more.


  • Central Asia has a communist government.
  • The fall of democracy has made Central Asia's government weak.


  • The economy revolves around oil and gas reserves.
  • The natural resources of central Asia benefit the Economy.
  • For example the Caspian Sea.

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  • Central Asia has a very diverse cultures.
  • They have many different ethnic groups.
  • These ethnic groups include; 41% Uzbek, 15% Kazakh, 12% Tajik, 12% Russian, %7 Turkmen, 6% Kyrgyz, 1% Karakalpak, 1% Tatar, 1% Ukrainian, 1% German, 4% Other.
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