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India, in Alexander's time, meant the land of the Indus–not necessarily the area where  the modern country of India stands. The Greeks, who had limited knowledge of the  geography of central Asia, knew almost nothing of the Indian subcontinent or China.  India, to the Greeks, meant the area in western Pakistan, particularly the Punjab and  Sind territories. There are several possible reasons why Alexander chose to pursue India. Part may be  simply that Persia had once possessed parts of India, and therefore Alexander, as the  new Great King, wanted to reclaim it. As little was known about India, curiosity was likely  also a factor. Perhaps most important, India was the end of Asia as far as Alexander  knew; its acquisition was necessary if he was to rule the entire continent.
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