Visual Timeline: Trade

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7500 BCE: Long-distance trade in obsidian begins.
 
 
3000 BCE - 2600 BCE: The rise of the great Indian cities of Mohenjo Daro and Harappa.
 
1900 BCE - 1400 BCE: Trade flourishes between Mesopotamia and other regions.
 
 
1000 BCE: Phoenician trading colonies in the western Mediterranean.
 
 
620 BCE: Posible founding date for Ostia, the port of Rome.
 
 
138 BCE - 126 BCE: Zhang Qian, as envoy of the Han emperor, opens up the 'Silk Road' trading route between China and central Asia.
 
 
1 CE: First non-stop voyages from Egypt to India.
 
 
200 CE: Completion of the Roman road system.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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