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Consumption and Exploration: Trade Connections between Europe and Asia

E&I Program: 
Art To Go
Discipline(s): 
Grade level : 
5 to 12
Publication Date: 
2008
Author: 
Seema Rao
Joellen K. DeOreo
Kate Hoffmeyer

The global market is not new. Between the 2nd century BC and the 14th century AD, goods moved on land west, across Europe and the Middle East, through Asia on the Silk Road, while goods from Asia followed the same path east, to Europe. By the 15th century, sea routes had evolved.  This presentation traces these early connections, focusing on trade, cultural diffusion, colonialism, and globalization.