a reply to: BaldPete
The Templars had little to do east of Jeruselem and Eastward countries, mostly focusing westward towards and into Europe, and only/from aprox. 950
a.d-to-the 1300's, then zip.....
*** c/o www.thesilkroadchina.com...
"The Silk Road was not actually a single paved road. It is a historical sea & land network of interlinking ancient trade routes across the
Afro-Eurasian landmass that connected East, South, and Western Asia with the Mediterranean and European world, even parts of North and East Africa.
The Silk Road was a name to all routes through Syria, Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, India to China..."
"Trade on the Silk Road was a significant factor in the development of the civilizations of China, the Indian subcontinent, Persia, Europe and Arabia.
Though silk was certainly the major trade item from China, many other goods were traded, and various technologies, religions and philosophies, as well
as the bubonic plague (the "Black Death"), also traveled along the Silk Routes..."
Early History of the Silk Road
"The Silk Road crosses Asia from China to Rome began during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). At one end, Rome had gold and silver and precious
gems; another end China had silk and spices and ivory; Each had something the other wanted. Ideas also traveled along the Silk Road trade that
In the west, the Greek empire was taken over by the Roman empire. Even at that time before the journey of Zhang Qian, some earlier individual traders
and caravans trade routes across the continents already existed for small quantities of Chinese goods, including silk, to reach the west. The main
traders during Antiquity were the Indian and Bactrian traders, then from the 5th to the 8th century the Sogdian traders, then afterward the Arab and
Persian traders. These traders and caravans may have started to make the journey in search of new markets despite the danger or the political
situation of the time."
"The Development of the Route
"The central Asian sections of the trade routes were expanded around 114 BC by the Han dynasty, largely through the missions and explorations of Zhang
Qian. The development of Central Asian trade routes caused some problems for the Han rulers in China. Xiongnu and Tibetan bandits soon learned of the
precious goods travelling up the Gansu Corridor and skirting the Taklimakan, and took advantage of the terrain to plunder these caravans. Thus
sections of 'Great Wall' were built along the northern side of the Gansu Corridor, to try to prevent the bandits from harming the trade; Sections of
Han dynasty wall can still be seen as far as Yumen Guan, well beyond the recognised beginning of the Great Wall at Jiayuguan. However, these
fortifications were not all as effective as intended, as the Chinese lost control of sections of the route at regular intervals.
After the Western Han dynasty, successive dynasties brought more states under Chinese control. Settlements came and went, as they changed hands or
lost importance due to a change in the routes..."
O.P....I think youve confused the Easternbound to and from the Silk Road Trade routes with the Westernbound Pilgrimage routes to and from the Holy
Land which the Templars protected and build fortifications, towns and cathedrals along the way West back towards Rome.
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mysterioustranger because: (no reason given)