Maritime Silk Road Reborn

Maritime Silk Road Reborn

Synopsis

Centuries before the world's oceans became a global trade highway, Chinese seafarers set sail to faraway lands to exchange commodities. Now, Historian Sam Willis retraces the golden era of maritime trade to uncover a legacy that culminated in one of the greatest armadas of all time, and discover parallels between the world then and now.

Episodes

Season 1
  • Treasure Fleets

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    Historian Sam Willis follows in the wake of one of the treasure ships of imperial China. From the East China Sea to the Malacca Straits, he discovers how the greatest fleet of the medieval age made its journey and how, six centuries later, its passage still reverberates in the world today.

  • Spice Trail

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    Historian Sam Willis travels in the wake of one of history's greatest fleets-the giant treasure ships of imperial China-to India and Arabia, to explore the rich history of exchange along the old shipping routes of the maritime Silk Road, and its unprecedented revival in the world today.

  • New Horizons

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    In 1416, imperial China's great treasure fleet was set an unprecedented task-to sail further west than ever before, to Africa. Join Sam Willis to see what happened when they got there, and how it heralded a new age in the history of maritime trade.