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Why were European nations keen to trade directly with India?
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- It was a large potential market.
- It was the source of the spices which were in high demand at the time.
- Stories of Marco Polo’s adventures in Asia initiated an era of curiosity regarding China, India and Asia in general.
Europeans were keen to trade with India for a number of reasons:
The Europeans had already had trade with India but it was done through intermediaries, mostly the Italian city states (who traded through the Arab/Turkish Asian caravan routes). It was the desire to cut out the middle man that galvanized a lot of their direct trade efforts.
Posted by farouk23 on August 15, 2013 at 11:03 AM (Answer #1)
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