From: Lemens, Chris (CLemens@exchange.webmd.net)
Date: Fri 04 Aug 2000 - 17:33:01 EEST
> As far as I recall the goods going to
> China over the Silk Road were gold, silver, jade, medicine, incense and
> spices, with the Indians taking a major role as intermediary between
> europe and china.
Not the Indians, the Central Asians.
The Indians traded with China and the Arabs. The Arabs sailed from the east
coast of Africa to India. You are, of course, correct that the Silk Road
was primarily central Asians, not Indians. A couple of the reasons for the
overland route was that the Indian sea route required the goods to get from
China to India by coastal routes and that the Indian sea trade only
permitted one round trip per year, since it used seasonal trade winds that
reversed themselves regularly twice per year. The stuff in the oceans work
in progress book is great stuff if you wanted to replicate this type of
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