Q. 1

Describe the foreign trade in Greater India.

Answer :

a) STATUS: In ancient days, India was a developed country, whose traders would cross shores and kingdoms to sell the fine Indian goods in foreign markets. Indian villages were self-sufficient, and the country prided in being called the GOLDEN BIRD.

b) TRADE ROUTES: India traded through land and sea. China, Tibet, Arabia and Persia were prominent markets where goods travelled through land. Sri Lanka, Java and Sumatra were connected through the sea ports of Southern and Eastern India.

c) IMPORTS: Foreign traders also came to India with a variety of goods. This included gold, silver, ruby and diamond ornaments. Notably, we imported wine from western countries, silk from China, and wool from Nepal

d) EXPORTS: These goods were exchanged for Indian cotton, tobacco and spices. We sent clove and incensed good to Sri Lanka, and exported pearls to the larger market.

e) ADMINISTRATION: Trade relations were well-developed and overlooked by SARTHAWAH.

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