How did the Indian ocean get its name?

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The Indian Ocean gets its name from the country of that same name. Ocean going vessels sailed through those waters to India. There, they purchased fabrics and spice that were important trade items.
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It is believed that the Indian Ocean got its name from the country of India to its north, although some seem to think that oceanographers who were looking for the Indian Route, named the Ocean. The Indian Ocean ranks number 3 in terms of ocean sizes and it is located between Africa, The Southern Ocean, Asia and Australia. The Indian Ocean is 8.5 million sq. km, and its coastline is over 66,000 sq. km. You can find more information here: http://www.worldfactsandfigures.com/bodiesofwater/Indian_Ocean.php http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/facts-about-indian-ocean-3538.html
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