Macau Merchant

Macau merchant's main exports are textiles, clothes, and toys.  In trade it also helped Macau get materials they need like food and art.  As they traveled to sell to different countries they also spread cultures, religion, and literature.  

The "Silk Road" map and the exports

The "Silk Road"

Merchants took the "Silk Road" a network of trade routes.  The "Silk Road" had developed in the late nineteenth century.  It crosses through central Asia, so during a travel merchants would be introduced to new cultures.  However, even though it increases trade it can be a dangerous journey.  The road crosses through the Takilmakan desert, which has very little vegetation and water.


Macau is a rich city in southern China and people are known as Macanese.  It had become a trading center in the seventeenth and eighteenth century.  Its economy was completely based of their trade.

Macau in the 1500's


As always religion is an important aspect of people's lives.  Buddhism, Islam, Nestorianism and Manichaeism were major religions that spread throughout the "Silk Road". Religions radically changed when the "Silk Road" was used on day to day bases.  Missionaries began to travel to places to teach where their religion was not allowed.


Macau merchants would often trade art.  They use silver, silk,and ivory to build sculptures.  Often the sculptures would be a symbol for a certain religion.  The trading of art encouraged artist for different styles for their art.

statue of Buddah

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