any route usually taken by merchant ships, caravans, etc.
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Genoa’s New Tech-Savvy BridgeWhen a section of the Morandi viaduct in Genoa collapsed in August 2018, it claimed 43 lives and severed a vital trade route between northern Italy and France.
Rare earths aside, China sees Greenland as an opportunity to have a stronger foothold in the Arctic, with ambitions to expand infrastructure and trade routes throughout the region.
The nexus of ancient East-West trade routes, this landlocked country hosts many languages, artisan traditions, and centuries of influence from Islamic, Buddhist, and Hindu customs.
It was overrun by bandits just before Geralt cleared them out, but the village now maintains a healthy trade route for its magical urns and crockery.Five sensational vacation destinations from the virtual worlds of video games | Shelly Tan, Elise Favis, Gene Park, Armand Emamdjomeh | February 25, 2021 | Washington Post
I’ve always seen Shasta as a sort of slightly more friendly volcanic cousin of Mount Rainier, at least by each mountain’s trade route—Shasta is a couple hundred feet lower, and the climb is a bit shorter in both mileage and elevation gain.
All were led by William Barents, he of the famous strait, who sought to find a shorter trade route from Europe to China.Pale Fire and the Cold War: Redefining Vladimir Nabokov’s Masterpiece | Michael Weiss | October 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
You tell yourself you'll quit after "one more turn," just as soon as you complete the trade route between two cities.
Romanoff had told him that as the island was on the great trade route it was impossible for them to be left there long.The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
During this period there was a regular trade-route between the Baltic and the Mediterranean.The New Stone Age in Northern Europe | John M. Tyler
Thus then ended the second attempt to establish a trade-route between China and India.
Over this bridge runs the important trade route to Tok-jalung which I have mentioned above.Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 2 (of 2) | Sven Hedin
It is perhaps the ugliest track to call a trade route in the whole wide world.The Gates of India | Thomas Holdich