100 Small An for 11 centuries on the Silk Road
In Small An, during the 21st century to the beginning of the 15th century AD many different mines operated. They mined - silicon, limestone, turquoise, tin, copper, silver, gold, iron, lead and, according to some sources, diamonds.
The mining centers of Small An, were associated with the mining districts of Big Ann. The resulting products were then sold on the local markets of the two principalities and also exported to countries such as the Arab East, India, China.
Until the 6th century A.D. in the region of the Svet Mountains, deposits of gold, copper, turquoise, iron and lead were developed.
Mountain gorges were left by settlers from the empire of Bossa and Small Ann, Big Ann.
In the 6th century BC, the Persians won the principalities of Big Ann and Small-An.
Around the 3rd century AD ancient Sogdian merchants opened a trade route in Semirechye, through the Dzungarian Gate. As is known at that time, Sogdian merchants held silk in their hands. In the 3-5 centuries. the first wave of Sogdian colonization of the Seven Rivers began. Obviously, it is precisely the Sogdians who should attribute the discovery of the Northern Prytanshany - the Muyunkum sand, the Chu, Ili and Karatal rivers, to the semi-freshwater lake Balkhash.
In the second half of the 6th century A.D. Sogdians continued to colonize the lands, having made a huge journey through Central Asia to Lake Baikal, they settled in the Angara region; Sogdians brought with them a culture of developed agriculture.
During the existence of the Silk Road, there was a close interchange of various cultures and ethnic groups. So, for example, in the 6-7 centuries. AD Sogdian quarters existed in Chinese cities. As the famous Persian historian Fazlallah Rashid ad-din (1247-1318) writes: Near the city [Zhuzhou] there is another city called Simali; the majority of the inhabitants of this city come from Small An, they have built many gardens according to the custom of Small An