Category:Maritime history of India

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The Maritime history of India dates back to he 3rd millennium BCE when inhabitants of the Indus Valley initiated maritime trading contact with Mesopotamia. The Roman historian Strabo mentions an increase in Roman trade with India following the Roman annexation of Egypt. As trade between India and the Greco-Roman world increased spices became the main import from India to the Western world. Indians were present in Alexandria while Christian and Jew settlers from Rome continued to live in India long after the fall of the Roman Empire. The Indian commercial connection with South East Asia proved vital to the merchants of Arabia and Persia during the 7th–8th century. On orders of Manuel I of Portugal, four vessels under the command of Vasco da Gama sailed around Africa and across the Indian Ocean to arrive Kappad near Calicut (Kozhikode) on May 20, 1498.

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