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The Romans trade system was vast and extensive.  Here is a Roman 4-wheeled chariot, photo by Binter at de.wikipedia

trade ship


The Romans traded goods throughout their Empire. By importing goods from other countries they raised their standard of living and were able to have many luxuries.

The Romans used their network of roads and also waterways to transport goods from one country to another.


The Romans traded with Britain for silver, which they used to make jewellery and coins, and wool which they used to make clothes.


They imported dyes to colour their clothes from the south-eastern part of their Empire and also spices to flavour their food.


From the Far East, what is now China, they imported silk to make fine clothing.


Cotton came from Egypt and exotic and wild animals for the gladiator fights came from Africa by sea.

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