Article: The Silk RoadWould you be willing to go through raging sandstorms, starvation, thirst, dangerous animals, and treacherous bandits to get the most valuable treasures of your time? Because that is exactly what some travelers and traders did back then when they traveled on the Silk Road which had started in Asia. The Silk Road is a huge network of trade routes that connects China with south Asia, Europe, and Africa. Many things were spread along the Silk Road such as precious items. Not only was it very long, but it had many routes that stretched for many miles. It is also important to understand why it was significant and how it affected people.The Silk Road lasted 150 B.C through A.D 500 until it came to an end. The main route ran from China to Central Asia and Mesopotamia and stretched to more than 4,000 miles. Another land route connected Central Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean. Yet, it wasn’t just land the routes covered. Maritime routes, also known as a sea routes, led across the Indian Ocean to East Africa and across the Pacific Ocean to Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia.Items as in tea, salt, silk, sugar, porcelain, spices, cotton, and wool were all very priceless back then. They were traded along the Silk Road and sold to make money. Prized metals today like ivory, gold, and silver were also interchanged among people. As stated in the intro, there were many risks to traveling the Silk Road. Nevertheless traders still went knowing that the money earned from selling goods would make the journey worth it. However, items were not the only things that got passed along the Silk Road. Ideas, culture, customs, and inventions were spread around with the people. Take for instance, the religion Buddhism. It was starting to no longer be found in India, but it grew and expanded thanks to the Silk Road and is now one of the greatest religions in the world found now mostly in Central Asia and China.Lastly, I want to go over why the Silk Road was so significant. The Silk Road brought great wealth to China and its partners by the goods sold. It also helped different nearby places get what they needed. The Silk Road spread the culture of other places too influencing Asia to what we know it as today. It helped the development of small towns become big cities as well.To conclude, the Silk Roads were some of the world’s most influential and significant international trade routes. Many distinct merchandise and ideas were also exchanged on the routes. Traders went along the Silk Roads knowing the trouble and dangers they could face on the trip. The Silk Road lasted for plenty of time reaching places all over Asia, Europe, and Africa.