How were Southwest Asian empires connected with East Asia and South Asia?

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How were Southwest Asian empires connected with East Asia and South Asia?

Southwestern Asia:

More often called the Middle East, southwestern Asia spans the area from Turkey to the Persian Gulf. It has historically be a key region of major Islamic powers, including Ottoman Empire, which only collapsed after World War I.

Answer and Explanation:

Southwest Asian empires were connected with the opposite side of the continent primarily through the vast trade routes that today are remembered as the Silk Road. This was not one single road by a network of different cities and ports that facilitated the exchange of silk as well as spices, gems, livestock, cloth, and many other trade goods. In general, southwest Asian empires were not politically connected with faraway powers because major geographical boundaries, including the Arabian Desert and the Himalayan Mountains, separated them.


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