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(This also includes some info on the Silk Road, and I went on this journey before the Black Death spread over the Silk Road)  Have you ever thought about what it’d be like to explore the routes of the Silk Road? I have! I decided that it’d be pretty extraordinary if I explored the routes of the Silk Road, so I did! Today, you are going to read about my unpleasant journey on the Silk Road.  Of course before I share my story with you all, I must give you some information on the Silk Road. After all, this is National Geographic. The Silk Road was around from about 150 B.C. to A.D. 500. The Silk Road was an arrangement of routes that were mainly used for trading many goods, but ideas were also spread over the Silk Road, such as Buddhism. The Silk Road was over 4,000 miles long. It had multiple different routes, the shorter ones more dangerous than others, and the longer ones were safer. Some goods that were most commonly traded over the Silk Road are teas, salt, sugar, spices, gold, cotton, silver, and silk. Now, you must all be wondering, why was it called the Silk Road? It was called the Silk Road because silk cloth was one of the most often traded products over the Silk Road. On the Silk Road there are many dangers such as diseases, thieves, thirst, severe sandstorms, and malnutrition.  Now, to the interesting stuff! So, I went on this journey over the Silk Road and obviously, I did not travel over the routes completely. Anyway, so I was just stopping with my friends and my camel, Oscar, to eat lunch. Then, my friends and I went to go get some water for Oscar, and when we got back all of our stuff was gone! We still had our food because we had it with us, but our extra pairs of clothing were gone and so were our blankets. Everything was gone!  Luckily, Oscar was fine, but at that moment we were more worried about our belongings. Those next couple of days, we went through a lot of obstacles, some that I would not like to write about. In the end though, some nice merchants and tradesmen donated some clothing, food, and goods to us.  Briefly, this journey was actually not too bad. In fact, now that I think about it, it was hilarious! Anyway, that is not the point, the point is that the Silk Road is a very important part of our history and up to today is still significant. The Silk Road is so important because it allowed people to trade many goods and spread ideas between a number of different kingdoms and empires. This helped for culture, innovations, and unique products to spread across many parts of the world.

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