best wood; it is native to India. Other hard woods like teak and mahogany are also native to India.
Oak, remarked Ovington.
Visitors to India from Greece and Rome during the pre-Christian times wrote that the Brahmins of India knew that the earth is in the form of a globe and one can reach the same place after sailing through the seven oceans. The Buddhist Jataka stories wrote about large Indian ships carrying seven hundred people. In the Artha Sastra, Koutilya wrote about the Board of
Shipping and the Commissioner of Port who supervised sea traffic. The Harivamsa informs that the first geographical survey of the world was performed during the period of Vaivasvata. The towns, villages and demarcation of agricultural land of that period were depicted on maps. Brahmanda Purana provides the best and the most detailed description of world map drawn on
a flat surface using an accurate scale. Padma Purana says that world maps were prepared and maintained in book form and kept with care and safety in chests. Surya Siddhantha speaks about construction of wooden globe representing earth and marking of horizontal circles, equatorial circles and further divisions. The second item exported by the erst while British East India Company was Indian ship. A few of these ships are still in service, and are used for training cadets of
the British Navy. During World War II, Maharajas of India have lent some hundreds of their ships to the British for use as hospital ships.