- Jun 2013
maharaths could come only upto tanjore and palayarkar system started during naiks tym was well established and they were neither vassals of maharatha nor islamic rulers. there were also sethupathi kings in ramnad district wo were seprate rulers too.Sea trade in ancient times was very risky, climate, pirates and so on. South, especially kerala, karnataka and eastern coasts had monsoon for most part of the year.
During Maratha Mughal wars post Shivaji, entire Karnataka and Andhra fell to Mughals and Marathas were fighting from Jinji Fort which was made their bastion. Entire Tamil Nadu kingdoms were either vassals of either Mughals or Marathas.
secondly south india was the centre of maritime trade as through history. from chinese, ancient roman and greek empires to eastern countries lykk cambodia, java, indonesia... they had both political and maritime links. saying single port in gujarat was bigger than d whole of south india in imaturish