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Does Weatherford go into the relationship between the Mongols and the Turks? My understanding is that a primary reason for interest in finding a sea route to the Orient was that the fall of Constantinople to the Turks had disrupted an existing trade over the silk road to the Black Sea, and that access had been tightening for decades as the Turks took over more and more of Anatolia and the Black Sea shore.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri May 10th, 2013 at 07:13:13 PM EST

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