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British India




The early history of commerce between the East and the West the gradual passing of the course of that commerce from the Mediterranean to the route round the Cape of Good Hope the long struggle between the Dutch French and English for predominance which ultimately left England at the close of the seventeenth century in coplete possession of the seas and absolute command over the Eastern trade [...] Tyre the city of the Phoenicians grew in the days of Hiram to be the mistress of the seas and the " merchant of the people for many isles." Westward"TYRE MISTRESS OF THE SEAS. [...] He then passed on towards the East where he broke in pieces the empire of Cyrus swept up the wealth of Babylon and Susa and slew Darius thus avenging the insults that Xerxes and Mardonius had offered to the altars and temples of Greece leaving nought to tell of the wealth and power of the Persian nation save the burned ruins of Persepolis and the rifled tomb of Cyrus. [...] Constantinople—then extended over all the lands on the borders of the Mediterranean Sea its commands being obeyed from the Atlantic to the Euphrates while in Persia the ancient dynasty of Cyrus and Darius had been reinstated when Artaxerxes in the third centurywas proclaimed king and the religion of Zoroaster the belief in Ormuzd and Ahriman the contending powers of light and darkness once [...] From there in a series of letters written to his father he aroused the interest of the English people in the East by the vivid account he gave of the trade of the Portuguese and the fertility of the land.



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