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(about 360 BC – about 300 BC)

IN CONQUERING most of the world that was known back in the 4th Century BC, Alexander the Great relied heavily on maritime power. His greatest expedition was entrusted to a former military officer and regional governor named Nearchus. Not very much is known about Nearchus' background but his adventures under Alexander made him a key figure in the history of navigation. Alexander put him in charge of the expedition to open up a sea route from the Indus to the Euphrates, for which he had ordered an enormous fleet to be built. The fleet included 1,800 small merchant ships, guarded by 100 war ships. It set off from Karachi in October 325 BC and covered 1,300 miles before Nearchus rejoined Alexander in the Spring of 324 BC. The voyage explored the coasts of today's India, Pakistan and the Arabian Gulf and established new ports. Dangers faced along the way included monsoon weather, hostile locals and whales.

Data collected was used for many centuries to come. The expedition also opened up the possibility for Greeks to trade more easily with central and eastern Asia. Goods could be carried more safely and quicker by sea, than overland – just like today!