Isaac EngebretsonMs. MckeownDecember 11th, 2017Period 7ANCIENT INDIA Ancient India was one of the biggest civilizations of its times, India was so big It could fit more than 1 million people that’s a lot of mouths to feed! Being this big obviously shows that they have a lot of history to talk about since they have so much history ancient India had to be very very old ancient India first started about 4,600 years ago at about 1,500 BC. Their empire had an end at about 1600 AC since they are no longer ancient they are just called India now. The way they ran things was very interesting, they had an oligarchy government that was run by a group of people who had almost all of the power. The very small other parts of the power belonged to the citizens of ancient India. One of the most important events in ancient India was when the Aryans who were the pre-Indians defeated the Dravidians in this battle the winner would get land rights to what used to be a part of Asia. The Aryans ended up defeating the Dravidians and claimed the rights to a part of Asia. Later the Aryans name would change to Indians and the land they claimed would later change to India. Ancient India was a key part of the silk road. They traded many many things such as spices, they had to work through things like diseases, starvation, dehydration, or other things such as there animals dying.To begin since ancient India was so big they obviously had many different landforms. The landform that covered almost all of ancient India was deserted. These desserts were, and still are very very dangerous to cross due to things such as diseases, starvation, dehydration, and other things.. The ancient Indians usually rode camels across the deserts because camels don’t need as much water as other animals. A remarkable talent camels have is one that can save lives, camels have humps that can store water. This means that they don’t have to drink as much water as other animals. Since deserts were covering almost the entire land this could have definitely affected what foods the ate or how much water they were able to drink. Ancient India also had many different metal mines the biggest mines they had were mines for copper and steel. Copper was highly prized in ancient India because there was so much abundance of it. Since ancient India traded these metals they would get a lot of money or other goods from other civilizations such as China. Lastly, ancient India had many different types of weather the main two types were humid and dry. Since ancient India had such different areas like the deserts and rainforests they had two different types of weather. Their weather could affect what they ate depending on what areas they lived in, for example, if you lived in the desert you would not have much water but instead you might eat snake meat or camel meat. Another way ancient India could be affected by such a dry climate is that they may have had trouble trading across the silk road since the silk road was so big and they had to cross deserts they might have run into diseases, starvation, dehydration, or other things such as there animals dying. Even though they usually ran into things like this some of the ancient Indians still made it through the trade routes of the silk road.(http://coursesite.uhcl.edu/HSH/Whitec/ximages/mapsglobes/SoAsia/SoAsiaPhysMap.jpg )”Craig white. “Maps of India & Indian Subcontinent.” Maps of India & Indian Subcontinent, Craig White, coursesite.uhcl.edu/HSH/Whitec/ximages/mapsglobes/SoAsia/SoAsiaPhysMap.jpg. ” This map is a great example of showing how big ancient India was. This map shows how big India was compared to other places such as China which is above India. Since India was so big this could affect which areas are made for living in and how much land for farming. Most of ancient India was covered with deserts but when available they would have places to farm things such as spices, cinnamon, cotton or other things. Even though they were covered in deserts they still were able to farm many things. The things they grew such as spices, cinnamon, and cotton were all traded on the silk road. ( https://theloadstar.co.uk/wp-content/uploads//Silk_route-680×0-c-default.jpg )Lennane, Alex. “Will China’s Silk Road Dream Turn into a Nightmare?” The Loadstar, 26 Nov. 2015, theloadstar.co.uk/will-chinas-silk-road-dream-turn-into-a-nightmare/. This map Is the silk road trading routes. The Red and Blue dots represent trade routes to and or from ancient India, This map is a great example of showing how these routes were important because if we never had these routes then places such as Africa or Europe would not have goods such as spices, cinnamon, and cotton. Since we have all these routes we can trade things to different lands and the can trade other things to us. This map shows that there were many many trade routes trading many many different things to other civilizations.(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_maritime_history )”Indian Maritime History.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 13 Dec. 2017, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_maritime_history. Next to ancient India was one of the best traders on the silk road they carried most of the goods. Only China was above them in good trading. One of the goods ancient India found and traded was copper. Since ancient India had some mountains they found the copper and originally thought it was gold. Later the traded it over the silk road. Trading this over the silk road was very important to ancient India since they had only a little bit of trade goods copper was a key part of there trading. This made them a lot of money and brought them many new things like silk clothing from China for example.Another thing ancient India had found/grown was wheat, wheat was not traded on the silk road that much but occasionally it was. Since ancient India’s climate was very dry they had only a few places to farm this. This is why it wasn’t traded as much on the silk road as other goods like cotton and spices. Wheat was not that important to ancient India because there were very little quantities of it, It still made them some money and they got very few other things for it. One of the last and one of the most important things that ancient India grew was Spices these spices were cinnamon, pepper, and many other different ones. Spices were pretty much the thing that ancient India traded the most. Spices were one of the most important things for ancient India because they were the things that give them a lot of money or customs and ideas such as silk from China. Finally, the last good ancient India traded was cotton since ancient India’s climate was dry they had only a few places to farm this. This good was not traded often but enough to get them a few things. This was probably the least important good for ancient India because of their climate.