trade route

noun

Definition of trade route

1 : one of the sea-lanes ordinarily used by merchant ships
2 : a route followed by traders (as in caravans)

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In the 1500s, new trade routes and the arrival of the printing press helped erode the power of merchant guilds and give way to a much more open system of trading where strangers could interact with each other. Bloomberg.com, "This Explains Why Modern Markets Developed Where They Did," 12 Jan. 2018 Losing Ghazni to the Taliban would essentially cut Afghanistan in half, closing its second-busiest trade route. Amir Shah, The Seattle Times, "Key Afghan city turned into ‘ghost town’ by deadly battles," 13 Aug. 2018 On Wednesday, top crude exporter Saudi Arabia halted shipments via a Red Sea trade route due to attacks on two of its tankers by Houthi rebels. Stephanie Yang And Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "Oil Falls on Signs of Increasing Supply," 27 July 2018 The 63-mile trail, which follows a Native American trade route, runs east to west through the northwest part of the state, straddling the Berkshire Mountains between the Hudson and Connecticut River valleys. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "The 10 Best Places to See Fall Foliage in New England," 23 July 2018 Anchored off the east coast of Africa, Zanzibar’s proximity to India and the Arabian peninsula secured the island’s status at the historic center of maritime trade routes. Mary Winston Nicklin, USA TODAY, "Tour the Darajani Market in Zanzibar, Tanzania," 13 Mar. 2018 If the Bulls don’t go the trade route, this is their free-agency approach — wait to see what players who fit and make sense slip through the cracks to become a bargain signing. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls Q&A: Should Wendell Carter Jr. enter Hall of Fame this week or next? What's the starting lineup?," 12 July 2018 The rebels seized control of the crossing in 2015, severing a lifeline for Syrian exports and disrupting a trade route between Syria and Jordan, Lebanon and the oil-rich Gulf countries. Albert Aji, Fox News, "Syrian troops celebrate recapture of border crossing," 7 July 2018 Beijing says aircraft carriers are needed to protect its coastline and trade routes, although they are also seen as backing up Beijing’s claims to self-governing Taiwan and the South China Sea. Washington Post, "Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea," 28 May 2018

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1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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