U Know we love Uzbekistan

All Around This World South and Central Asia map featuring Uzbekistan

This week our online class for kids takes us to Uzbekistan, a “doubly landlocked” country in Central Asia. For centuries Uzbekistan was one of the most important stops on the Silk Road, the ancient trade route between the Mediterranean and China. This brought a constant stream of travelers and traders to cities such as Samarkand and Bukhara, which was generally a good thing. Unfortunately, Uzbekistan was also right in the path, and therefore under the thumb, of conquerors such as Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane and, most recently, the Soviets. This week we’re going to conquer an Uzbek song and try an Uzbek dance.