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9 - QUESTION: Who was known to be successful middlemen and controlled trade north of the Gobi Desert?
Answer: The Uyghurs.
The Uyghurs (also known as Uighurs) ruled over a powerful empire north of the Gobi Desert. The Uyghurs are a Turkic people who ruled between 744 and 840, and presided over flourishing commercial centers and agriculture. The capital of their empire was Karabalghasun, located on the upper Orhon River in Mongolia.
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