Silk Road

Silk Road

geographical name

Definition of SILK ROAD

ancient trade route that extended from China to the Mediterranean Sea

Variants of SILK ROAD

Silk Road or Silk Route

Silk Road

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Ancient trade route that linked China with Europe. Originally a caravan route and used from c. 100 BC, the 4,000-mi (6,400-km) road started in Xi'an, China, followed the Great Wall to the northwest, climbed the Pamir Mtns., crossed Afghanistan, and went on to the eastern Mediterranean Sea, where goods were taken by boat to Rome. Silk was carried westward, while wool, gold, and silver were carried eastward. With the fall of Rome, the route became unsafe; it was revived under the Mongols, and Marco Polo used it in the 13th century.


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