Early English 16th Century Map of Asia

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Early English 16th Century Map of Asia
By: Doreen & Jim ~ 10/15/2018

Early English 16th Century, C 1762. Note the size of the Tibetan Empire with relationship to Ceylon, Sri Lanka, The Burman Empire split between Ava & Pegu, with  Siam, Indo Chine/Cochin and Camboja.

Maps provide an essential medium for understanding the history of exploration, as well as the transmutation of religion, culture & art.


Central Asian Buddhist Stone Steile
By: Doreen & Jim ~ 8/3/2018

Buddhist Steile ~ 12th Century Tang Dynasty Silk Road Route
From Ming’s Collection

BLOGTangDynastySilk_s.jpgCentral Asian Buddhist Stone Steile, Tang Dynasty Silk Road Trade Route Marker~ 12th Century, Chang’An Provence.

The Silk Road was the longest trade route In the world for centuries, beginning during the Han Dynasty, 207 BCE -200 CE. Its name was derived by the lucrative trade in luxurious Chinese textiles, as the secret of silk production was unknown to the rest of the world.

The Road connected the civilizations of Central Asia & the Far East to southern Europe, Arabia, the Middle East, India, Africa for commerce, as well as cultural ideas, scientific knowledge and religious philosophy.  Travelers & merchants were able to navigate the route by following the regional stone or wood markers between the many trading posts

UNESCO designated the Chang'An region as a World Heritage Site in 2014.