The Ancient Maritime Silk Road. Andrew Lawler @ScienceMagazine

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The economically important Silk Road was blocked from Europe by the Ottoman Empire in c. 1453 with the fall of the Byzantine Empire. This spurred exploration, and a new sea route around Africa was found, triggering the Age of Discovery.

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Extent of Silk Route/Silk Road. Red is land route and the blue is the sea/water route.

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The Ancient Maritime Silk Road.  Andrew Lawler @ScienceMagazine

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