The Caravan Trade

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Caravan trade originated in the fourth century 301 AD-400 AD. It was an extension to the existing interregional and intraregional trade. It was fundamentally important to several empires and trade networks. There were primary roads such as the ones that ran north to south, east to west in the respective areas of the world. During the sixth century to approximately the fifteenth century, trade networks began to emerge and evolve. The establishment of many of these networks led to the establishment of monetary systems. For example, in Western Sudan they used cowrie shells, strips of cloth and gold dinars from North Africa as a form of currency through the Trans-Saharan trade route.
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