This week, newspapers carried reports of India and China’s decision to reopen an ancient Himalayan Silk Road route to trade after nearly 50 years. (See article.)
The Silk Road—actually a complex network of roads—evolved in the second century B.C. as traders moved goods between East Asia and Europe. Eventually the pathways carried more than textiles, spices, and gold. Religions (especially Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity) and diseases (smallpox, measles, and plague) took to the roads as well.
Take a trip on the virtual Silk Road: