Tuesday, January 6, 2015

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other

What are the similarities and differences between the camels in these two GEICO commercials?

The two main species of camels are the Dromedary (one hump) and the Bactrian (two humps). Click the link for more information.

Think about the use of camels and the benefits travelers, traders, and the military can gain. Compare these to the use of horses by the steppe nomads of Central Asia as well as the use of long ships by the Vikings. These technologies made it possible to travel longer distances because of the range of the animals and boats as well as speed.

In addition to acceptance of diverse cultural traditions, the Mongols were so successful at securing such a large land empire because they could move information, people, and supplies faster than any other organization. Passport-like seals are used to identify a rider'so rights to get fresh horses and provisions. Traders with permission to work on the Mongol-secured Silk Road had rights to fresh horses, protection from bandits, and lodging in trade cities. These resources were paid for by tribute and taxes paid by merchants.

Remember to think about the use of environment when you are grouping the reasons for events and outcomes in history.