- The craftspersons of Bidar were so famed for their inlay work in copper and silver that it came to be called Bidri.
- The Panchalas or Vishwakarma community, consisting of goldsmiths, bronzesmiths, blacksmiths, masons and carpenters, were essential to the building of temples.
- Weavers such as the Saliyar or Kaikkolars emerged as prosperous communities.
- Ahmedabad in Gujarat became a major commercial site.
- Murshidabad became capital of Bengal in 1704 but declined in the due course of time.
- The English, Dutch and French formed East India Companies in order to expand their commercial activities in the east. Initially, traders like Mulla Abdul Ghafur and Virji Vora competed with them, but later these traders were subdued by the naval forces of East India Companies.
- Indian textile was in high demand in the export market. Weavers were forced to work for European orders and designs provided by company agents, they were not allowed to…
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