Imagine 500 years ago. A young person in this part of the world looks up to the cloudy skies this time of the year, as the deserts of Australia start to get warmer while the seas surrounding China become colder. We know the sciences – as the air in the hotter region rises, the winds from the cooler region flow into the low pressure zone. Soon, new sea journeys will begin, bringing ships and goods and travellers from East Asia traveling with the north-east monsoon to the Malay Archipelago.
The winds not only bring traders’ goods or religious men’s scriptures, or ...
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