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Transregional Trade and TradersSituating Gujarat in the Indian Ocean from Early Times to 1900$
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Edward A. Alpers and Chhaya Goswami

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199490684

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199490684.001.0001

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Merchants and Marts

Merchants and Marts

Gujarat’s Networks of Trade in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

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(p.337) 14 Merchants and Marts
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Transregional Trade and Traders
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Radhika Seshan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199490684.003.0015

India’s flourishing trade and production economy in the late medieval times has been well studied, particularly from the point of view of the variety of goods that were exported across the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. In this context, the ports, particularly those of Gujarat and the Coromandel Coast, have received considerable attention. This chapter seeks to examine the nature of Gujarat’s connections to the hinterland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Surat, it is well known, was the port of the Mughal Empire; but what about ports like Cambay, or other towns like Ahmedabad or Baroda? What were their connections to the interior? Are there indications of merchants shifting from, for example, Cambay to Surat, as the former port declined in importance? The chapter, thus, focuses on the accessibility, contact, or reach of Gujarati merchants to different places in India.

Keywords:   Hinterlands, networks, trade routes, Deccan, Surat

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