Web. Web. Dec 26, 2009 · The trade routes known collectively as the Silk Road not only allowed merchants throughout Asia and Europe to exchange goods — such as Chinese silk, Byzantine gold, and Indian spices – but they also introduced people in disparate parts of the continent to new beliefs, systems of government, literary genres, musical styles, and visual forms.. Web. The Silk Road also served as a medium of transfer of innovations, culture, and religion. ... But in order to trade the spices, the Europeans needed something that would be valued highly in the East.
Arab dhows, Chinese junks and Spanish galleons would sail this route laden with precious spices from South-East Asia and the treasures of the Orient. Their trade of these routes bred international rivalries and conquests, and the search for these riches impelled Columbus to cross the Atlantic and Magellan to circumnavigate the globe.. Web. Afghanistan can thank its geographical position for its wealth. It sits at the heart of Central Asia, at the meeting point of ancient trade routes - known together as "The Silk Road" - that go out to all parts of Asia. Some lead east to China; some north to the great cities of Bokhara, Samarkand and Khiva, and then to the nomadic steppe.