Afanasy Nikitin: India Through the Eyes of a Russian Traveller

Like all globe-trotters, Russian merchant Afanasy Nikitin packed everything he needed for an extended overseas trip, but he didn’t travel light. The Russian merchant, who journeyed all the way from Tver in Russia to India via land and sea, took with him an unusual piece of cargo – a horse.
Nikitin was a canny merchant and he had heard that India did not breed good horses. So he figured he would get a good price for it. These were medieval times and a trip like Nikitin’s was fraught with uncertainty, so carrying valuables was not an option. Besides, there was a good chance he would be attacked and robbed by pirates. And indeed he was. The horse would be his only insurance in a foreign land.

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