For many centuries in past it was very dangerous for Europeans to travel in Asia. Actually in many areas Europeans were strictly prohibited to move in under fear of death penalty. However some Europeans found way to overcome that prohibitions and travelled in Asia as Armenian merchants. For example some Portuguese man called Bento de Goes who was Jesuit travelled to China as Armenian merchant. Some Spanish (or maybe Catalan) men called Antoni de Montserrat and Pedro Paez also Jesuits travelled in Asia and Africa (from India to Ethiopia) also as Armenian merchants. Some English (or maybe Scottish) man called Alexander Burnes who was spying for British Government travelled as Armenian merchant from India to Afghanistan and after that to Bukhara (today's Uzbekistan). Some German man called Georg Ludvig who was spying for Russian Government travelled as Armenian merchant to Central Asia, Afghanistan and China. Apparently in the past travelling in Asia as Armenian merchants for Europeans was rather common. Even Daniel Defoe, a well-known writer wrote some book called "The King of Pirates" where the major character also travels in Asia as Armenian merchant.