Farm implements, cornelian jewellery, cotton textiles and Indian spices which passed through the city. It earned foreign exchange in gold coins belonging to 25 Roman Emperors - right from Augustus upto Constantine have been found in this region, according to Siruthuli, an NGO which last month celebrated Coimbatore Day coinciding with its elevation as a district headquarters by the British on November 24, 1804.
Mr Rajesh Govindarajulu, a member of the apex body member of Siruthuli, says trade routes had played an important role in the history and enhanced importance of several settlements. Due to the influence of several empires, dynasties and rulers, people fr om all regions and ethnic background have made Coimbatore their home, Mr Rajesh said. Coimbatore was once a small village and owes its name to Irula chieftain Kovan. Once the British acquired Coimbatore, they understood its strategic importance as it being the natural gateway to Kerala and Nilgiris.