Problems Encountered On Anatolıan Carvan Routes And Route Safety (17th Century)
ANADOLU KERVAN YOLLARINDA KARŞILAŞILAN PROBLEMLER VE YOL GÜVENLİĞİ (17. Yy.)

Author : Emrah İSTEK
Number of pages : 2085-2116

Abstract

From the dominant states in Anatolia to the empires that used this geography as a transition to other regions, many dominant powers developed Anatolian roads over time. The road network, which was built from ancient times to the Seljuks, reached a good level in the security point with tens of caravanserais and inns built during the Anatolian Seljuks. The Ottoman Empire, on the other hand, has placed road safety and maintenance on a systematic basis, both through the mountain pass (derbend) and destination (menzil) organizations for non-stop trade and for cross-country logistics. Despite all these efforts and measures, caravans, where camels and other animals, which were the heavy transport vehicles of the period and the caravans reaching their numbers thousands were following difficult routes in fear of life and property, especially theft and looting on the roads. In addition to these problems, night trips, narrow passages, rough roads and seasonal problems were other dangers encountered in the trips.

Keywords

Anatolia, Route Safety, Caravan, Traveler.

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