Nor, indeed, must it be forgotten that the search for new and more direct connexions with the routes of Oriental trade is one of the motives underlying the Crusades themselves, and leading to what may be called the 13th-century discovery of Asia.
Long, with a minimum width of 6 m.; the water is generally deep and the shoals lying near the usually travelled routes are well marked.
The transport concerns land routes and sea routes, the latter being the more important.
"When speaking to the Emperor, try as far as you can to praise the way that provisions are supplied and the routes indicated," said Bilibin, accompanying him to the hall.
Tiyan's strongholds were marked in black around all major routes into and out of the territory as well as two located closer to the walled city.