“Asia, the Land of Rice”

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THROUGH the medium of your pages I would ask, Can any of the numerous readers of NATURE give information as to how or from what origin the name Asia came to be applied to a large portion of the earth's surface? Did it in olden times belong more especially to that district which we now term India? Was the name Asia used by any race of people to denote the land of spices and other valuables, whose products were brought by caravan across Persia and onward by way of the Red Sea?

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WHITE, T. “Asia, the Land of Rice”. Nature 60, 8 (1899) doi:10.1038/060008e0

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