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The conquerors, warriors, and statesmen of India

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Pages: 384

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Edward Robert Sullivan

Excerpt from book: CHAP. H. THE COMMERCE OF INDIA. — THE TRADE OF ARABIA WITH INDIA. THE GOVERNMENT OF THE RAJAS AND THE POWER OF THE BRAHMINS. PERSIAN INFLUENCE IN INDIA. THE GREAT DIVISIONS OF THE COUNTRY. In all ages of history the commerce of India has " enriched the nations and the kings of the earth :" and from the days of Moses to our own, the shawls of Cashmere, the silks of Delhi, and the gold and ivory of Malabar, have adorned the palaces and decked the favourites of kings, and filled the coffers of princely traders. To western nations, India has always been a region of gold and gems : redolent with " myrrh, aloes, and cassia:" the storehouse of the varied treasures of the East.2 And, indeed, when we consider the length and breadth of the unceasing stream of wealth that has flown from Hindostan, beautifying, and civilising, and raising in its course some of the fairest cities that fill up the far -distance in the background of history, we can scarcely wonder at its having, from the earliest ages, been considered the fountain-head of wealth, the El Dorado of conquerors and merchants, the theme of exaggeration and wonder to historians and romancers. The trade of Arabia with India was probably the earliest commercial organisation in the world. At the regular seasons, permitted by the monsoons, the ports of Surat, the Concan, and Malabar, were visited by the hardy mariners of the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf9: whilst continuously during the hot season, long caravans.laden with the precious products of the far country, and Chap. piloted by the armed merchants of Persia and Samarcand, . IL diverged from the frontier cities of Hindostan, and wound their weary way to the farthest frontiers of Asia. The value of this overland trade, even in the .days of fable, induced Cyrus to ...  

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