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Pakistan - History



Pakistan - History
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     challenging words:    majority-Hindu, self-rule, regional, mid-20th, modern-day, present-day, leadership, military, independence, majority, unwelcome, ethnic, ruler, expedition, constitution, bloody
     content words:    Great Silk Way, Great Silk Road, Silk Way, Kushan Empire, Moghul Empire, British East India Company, East India Company, Muslim League


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Pakistan - History
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
  

1     Although people have been living in the area of Pakistan for thousands of years, Pakistan is actually a new country. In fact, Pakistan became a country in the mid-20th century. Before then, Pakistan and its people were part of the nation of India. Ultimately, divisions over religion and culture would break Pakistan and India apart.
 
2     Pakistan is a country in Asia, to India's northwest. It is bordered by Afghanistan, India, Iran and China. Today, the majority religion in Pakistan is Islam--although it hasn't always been this way. Throughout history, the people of Pakistan have had a number of different religions. Part of this is because of where Pakistan is located.
 
3     Around the 1st century AD, there was a route from China in the east to countries in western Asia. This route was known as the Great Silk Way or the Great Silk Road. This was a very important road at the time because it united countries and people along its route. Pakistan was along the Silk Way, and travelers on the Way brought much culture and trade to Pakistan. The religion of Buddhism came to Pakistan, which had been a majority-Hindu area. The rulers of the area, called the Kushans, did very well trading silk on the Silk Way. This trade helped them establish the capital of the Kushan Empire at Peshawar.

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