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We've looked at the different major empires of the Classical era (and their belief systems). But, how were they connected? The Classical era is technically called, "Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies" Part of the reorganization involves interconnectivity between them. Let's look at the Classical Trade routes:
Key Concept 2.3: Emergence of Transreagional Networks of Communications and Exchange
Translation: All those civilizations are trading back and forth. With real global trade eing non-existent in the previous era, this is the first time large scale trade (in the Eastern Hemisphere) was taking place.
- EURASIAN: This trade route connects Europe to the rest of Afro-Eurasia.
- SILK ROAD: Not one road; and not just delivering silk; this is THE major trade route until Columbus hits America.
- TRANSAHARAN: Connecting the people of West Africa (and their Gold/Salt) to the Mediterranean & Asia.
- INDIAN OCEAN: AKA The Maritime Silk Road. This trade route (unlike the others in this era) will remain important for the rest of history.
- MEDITERRANEAN SEA LANES: This is how the Phoenecians, Greeks, Carthaginians, and Romans moved/traded around.
These are the trade routes that they want you to know for 600BCE-600CE. Most will stay intact until the Early Modern Period (Columbus, Da Gama, etc.) Tomorrow, we look at the technology that faciliated these trade routes.