In What Region Did Merchants Consider Themselves Equal to Warriors?

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The merchants in the area of Southern India considered themselves equal to warriors. The merchants formed Trade Guilds in order to organize and expand their trading activities. Trade guilds were often independent bodies over which kings tried to exercise control; and sometimes failed The merchants considered themselves warriors first, then merchants. Some trade guilds were very powerful and decided the fortunes of the kingdom. One example is the trade guild of Nanadeshis, who not only financed local development projects and temple-constructions, but also lent money to the kings. The rulers did their best to accommodate the guilds because of the benefit they derived from them.
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