October 08, 2018
Just what was Columbus looking for 526 years ago? It wasn't North America. He was determined to avoid the long voyage around Africa and find a direct water route west to trade for spices with India.
India is about 1/3 the size of the United States, yet it is the second most populous country in the world, with a population of 1.324 billion. India is the seventh largest country in the world, at 1.27 million square miles.
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The British Raj, or British rule, lasted from 1858 to 1947 (although they had a strong presence in India since the 1700s). British influence is still seen in Indian architecture, education system, transportation, and politics. Many of India's worst famines are associated with British rule in India.
Indians made significant contributions to calculus, trigonometry, and algebra. The decimal system was invented in India in 100 B.C. The concept of zero as a number is also attributed to India.
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