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Trade on the Arabian Sea

A great deal has been said on this website about the trade routes between Alexandria and India/Sri Lanka. It is interesting to note, that the only two civilizations between these two points that seem to have flourished were the Nabataeans and the Himyarites of Southern Arabia. The Himryarite Kingdom only flourished after direct involvement of the Nabataeans at the head of a Roman Army, which crushed the South Arabian kingdoms that faced towards the desert, allowing the Himyarite Kingdom nearer the Arabian Sea to expand and export their incense by ship, via the port of Cane. Check out the following pages for more information




A History of Southern Arabia

Trade on the Red Sea

The Ancient Maritime Sea Route

Map of trade on the Arabian Sea
Right: Fishing vessels in the port of Fujaira, in the United Arab Emirates. Fishing boats in the port of Fujaira

 Trade on the Bay of Bengal

 Ancient Trade Items
 Parallel Maritime Histories:
(Greece, Egypt, India, China, Rome)
 Who Were the Ancient Arab Traders
Who were the ancient Arab Sea Traders? Alexandria, the center of trade
Nabataeans in Italy Berenice Port on the Red Sea
Nabataeans in Africa Myos Hormos Port on the Red Sea
Africa: Juani Island Leuce Come Port on the Red Sea
Africa: Mafia Island Trade on the Arabian Sea
Africa: The Coast of Tanzania Trade on the Red Sea
Nabataeans in India Nabataeans in the Arab Gulf
The Kingdoms of South India Indian Pottery Found in Petra
Arab Ports of Call in India Trade on the Bay of Bengal
Nabataeans and Sri Lanka Ancient Trade Items
The Kingdom of Ruhuna Nabataeans in Turkey
Stone Anchors from Arabia in Sri Lanka Malacca in Asia
Southern Arabia Dong Song Kingdom in Vietnam
Southern Arabia Countryside African Pottery found in Nabataea
Southern Arabia A Caravansary Nabataean Trade Routes
Southern Arabia: The Marib Dam Nabataeans on Rhodes
Southern Arabia Sa'ada (City in the North) The Ancient Maritime Sea Route
Southern ArabiaYemeni Lifestyle A Proposed New Trade Route Directly East fromPetra
Nabataeans in Antartica? Elephants and the Nabataeans
Nabataeans in China Trade on the China Sea
The Spice Route Time Chart (China, India, Arabia, Europe)  Nabataea found in Chinese Texts
China: The Li-Kan Question  Chinese Maritime History
An overview of Chinese history The 'West' as mentioned in Chinese historical sources
Book Review; 1421 - The Year China Discovered the World header with menus