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Probably India did not have a clear local name earlier because, like China , it seemed to be the principal portion of the entire world, and so simply the world itself. Sumeru or Meru , the only one inhabited with humans identical to us. The only question was how much of it was taken up by India. Indeed, India was once an island in the Mesozoic Ocean, but it moved north and collided with Asia. In Chinese, we get various ways of referring to India.
Further information: Portuguese conquest of Goa and Goa Inquisition A breech-loading swivel gun thought to have been constructed in the 16th century in Portuguese Goa , India. It was exported to Japan and used in the time of Oda Nobunaga. Vasco da Gama joined the Portuguese navy as a young man, where he learned navigational skills and served with distinction in the war against Castile.
Qin and Han dynasties: At the Imperial and feudal courts, the fu genre , a combination of rhyme and prose, began to flourish. Long and elaborate descriptive poetic compositions , the fu were in form a continuation of the Chu elegies, now made to serve a different purpose—the amusement of the new aristocracy and the glorification of the empire—by dwelling on such topics as the low table and the folding screen or on descriptions of the capital cities. But even the best fu writing, by such masters of the art as Mei Sheng and Sima Xiangru , bordered on the frivolous and bombastic.