Why did ancient Rome begin to trade with other regions?

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Why did ancient Rome begin to trade with other regions?

Answer: There were sea routes that covered the Mediterranean and Black Seas and numerous land routes using the roads built by the Romans. Trade and moving the Roman Army around were the two principle reasons for building roads. The most important port was Ostia as it was the nearest major port to Rome itself.

Q. How did trade affect ancient Rome?

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.

Q. What did the ancient Romans trade?

The Romans imported a whole variety of materials: beef, corn, glassware, iron, lead, leather, marble, olive oil, perfumes, purple dye, silk, silver, spices, timber, tin and wine. The main trading partners were in Spain, France, the Middle East and North Africa. Britain exported lead, woollen products and tin.

Q. Why was trade so important to the Roman Empire?

The Roman army made the roads and sea routes safe for traders. In turn, trade helped the economy grow. People in each area of the empire could sell what they grew or made to people in other areas who could use these goods. They could also buy things that they couldn’t produce for themselves.

Q. How did Romans make money?

The Roman economy was based on agriculture, or growing food. Roman agriculture relied on large farms run by slaves. Romans also made money from mines, and rich Romans could buy luxuries from all over the world.

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