Mineral and Ore Extraction Being Easier Than Physical Trade, the Worlds Opiate Supply, the Composition of Lapis Lazuli, and the Ancient Greeks Believing India to be the End of the World

Ancient civilizations found that extracting minerals and ore from the Earth was the easiest part of the manufacturing and trading process, as transporting and trading product was much more difficult due to the constant threat of robbery from bandits. Even large empires like that of Alexander the Great were not immune, as any part of the journey could be compromised causing the entire migration to have been operated in vain. 70% of the world’s opiate supply originated from Afghanistan. Lapis lazu...

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