Oceans ahoy

While much is known about modern navigation of the sea and oceans, many of us don’t know, that the ancient Indians were very adept sea fareres. In fact, the ancient Indian word for ship or boat, “nava” is possibly the source of the word, “navigate.” Infact, there are archeological evidences to prove that ancient Indians reached as far across the world as South America. A thousand years before the advent of Columbus, Indian mariners had already perfected the art of ship building. In fact one of the dominant groups of ethnic Mayan, the Kekichi Maya maintains that its ancestors were originally from one of the Naga tribes of Nagaland.

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Find out more about India’s maritime history.

To Reflect Upon

bulletWas India truly a land that had to be “civilized” by the colonists?