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He Discovered the Silk Road by Accident, Sowing the Seeds of Globalization

Long before Marco Polo, a diplomat figured out how China’s silk reached Rome

Cave mural showing Zhang Qian
Zhang Qian takes leave from emperor Han Wudi, Mogao cave mural. Image source: Wikimedia Commons.

In 138 BC, the emperor of China, Han Wudi, summoned one of his military officers. He presented the commander with a staff bearing the imperial Han emblem and briefed him about a mission. The man’s task was to…

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Prateek Dasgupta, M.S.

Prateek Dasgupta, M.S.

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Top writer in History, Science, Art, Food, and Culture. Interested in lost civilizations and human evolution. Contact: prateekdasgupta@gmail.com