How was foreign trade from India conducted before the age of machine industries? Explain.
- BEFORE the age of machine industries, silk and cotton goods from India dominated the international markets in textile. Coarse cottons were produced in many countries but fine varieties came from India. American and Persian merchants took the goods from Punjab and Afghanistan, eastern Persia and central Asia.
- Bales of fine textiles were carried on camel back through the mountain passes of north west frontiers.
- A vibrant sea trade operated through pre-colonial ports - Surat connected India to link with South East Asian ports.