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What was the Silk Road?
The production of silk was unique to the ancient Chinese. Through trade, pieces of this wonderful fabric reached far off places, as far away as the Roman Empire. People in the Roman Empire wanted silk. But how to get it? Traders braved the dangerous deserts and other natural barriers to travel from Rome to China, in search of silk. There were many routes, all of which were dangerous. Traders worked on a relay system, trading goods with each along all along the road. Many ancient Chinese inventions found their way to the Roman Empire and to India via trade along the Silk Road. Ideas also traveled the Silk Road, bringing ancient Chinese cultural to other places, and cultural ideas from other places to ancient China. Two of the ideas that were brought into China from India were Buddhism and the pagoda roof. The Silk Road