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Patna Rice: Gem of Nineteenth Century Trade in Patna

Well into the late nineteenth century Patna remained one of the premier entrepôts of north India. Registered “internal trade” figures, which generally underestimated interdistrict trade, such as that between Gaya and Patna, in fact reveal that Patna had the largest trade of any district in Bengal. In 1876-77, registered exports were valued at Rs. 36,222,400, […]

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Mughal Emperor Akbar and Patna Rice

Mughal emperor Akbar (جلال الدین محمد اکبر) came to Patna in 1574 to crush the Afghan Chief Daud Khan. Akbar’s Secretary of State and author of Ain-i-Akbari refers to Patna as a flourishing centre for paper, stone and glass industries. He also refers to the high quality of numerous strains of rice grown in Patna […]

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Patna Rice connection of J. W. Fiske & Co.

The firm of J. W. Fiske and Company was one of the preeminent makers and retailers of ornamental iron and zinc objects in New York City in the second half of the nineteenth century, producing a wide range of garden fountains, statues, urns, and furniture. And the amazing thing is that Mr. Fiske has a […]

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