The World History Edition:
World History Ancient Civilization Labs
DBQ Analysis of
SS.6.W.4.10 Explain the significance of the silk roads and maritime trade routes across the Indian Ocean to the movement of goods and ideas among Asia, East Africa and the Mediterranean Basin.
Essential Question: How did the silk roads and Indian Ocean trade systems impact civilizations?
This activity is labeled with 6th grade World History Florida standards, but can be used at any grade level 5th-12th.
Sources used and examined in this activity:
Image of old tomb painting, circa 3rd Century China
Map of the Silk Road, highlighting goods traded along the route
Excerpt from an Indian poet writing about the spice trade, 2nd century India
Excerpt from Marco Polo about the spice trade in Java, Southeast Asia