Travel along the Silk Road

sparky

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Jan 2017
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#12
Tanais was a trading post for the Venetian with the Golden horde ,
the Venetians were there to trade in silk and Chinese products
Marco Polo didn't go East because of an accident but to get to the source of the trade
monks followed it to see Kubilai Khan
there was a silk Road , though you are probably right in thinking it lost nothing in the telling
 
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specul8

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Oct 2016
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#15
probably, but there WAS a silk road ,
my guess is that spices and silk were the only commodities worth transporting over such large , costly distances
land transport is ruinous , slow and risky
And ... of all things , rocks .

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Also carnelian and some minerals .



No land route for trade ???


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(see post 5 ' s ref material )
 
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specul8

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Oct 2016
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#16
I think part if the confusion is mistaking the word 'route ' for ' road ' , and referring to the trade as 'silk' .

There where networks of trade routes for all sorts of commodities , some where by land as well as sea .

No one may have traveled from source to destination at all, but the goods did , eventually .
 
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Futurist

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May 2014
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#17
I think part if the confusion is mistaking the word 'route ' for ' road ' , and referring to the trade as 'silk' .

There where networks of trade routes for all sorts of commodities , some where by land as well as sea .

No one may have traveled from source to destination at all, but the goods did , eventually .
Just how long would the entire journey have taken?
 

sparky

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Jan 2017
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#18
Marco polo travel to Kublai Khan took 3 years and a half , this included a sea journey from Venice to to Acre
Mongol tumans would have done the journey in months but they were fast movers

he returned largely by sea from southern China to Hormuz , then Trabzon on the Black sea and onward to Venice
he took a bit less than three years
 
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Futurist

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#19
Marco polo travel to Kublai Khan took 3 years and a half , this included a sea journey from Venice to to Acre
Mongol tumans would have done the journey in months but they were fast movers

he returned largely by sea from southern China to Hormuz , then Trabzon on the Black sea and onward to Venice
he took a bit less than three years
So, three years for the entire way and back combined?