Lead: The Silk Road was the major trade route between China and Europe for 1500 years, but perhaps its greatest legacy was the transmission of ideas and technology.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The Silk Road should actually be called the Silk Roads. It was, in fact, a complex network of trading routes between China and Eastern Europe. It had three main branches. A pathway for trade merchants – spices, tea, bronze, porcelain and precious silk came west – while gold, ivory, silver, western glassware, wool and Arabian horses were sent east. Because of the hardships and danger of travel, goods traded on the Silk Road were most often luxury items of extremely high value.

 

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