Tatishchev announced that he had proposed the idea to von Strahlenberg.
The latter had suggested the Emba River as the lower boundary.
) is Earth's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the Eastern and Northern Hemispheres.
The most commonly accepted boundaries place Asia to the east of the Suez Canal, the Ural River, and the Ural Mountains, and south of the Caucasus Mountains and the Caspian and Black Seas.
attracting European commerce, exploration and colonialism. The accidental discovery of America by Columbus in search for India demonstrates this deep fascination.
The border between Asia and the region of Oceania is usually placed somewhere in the Malay Archipelago.
The Maluku Islands in Indonesia are often considered to lie on the border of southeast Asia, with New Guinea, to the east of the islands, being wholly part of Oceania.
In general terms, Asia is bounded on the east by the Pacific Ocean, on the south by the Indian Ocean and on the north by the Arctic Ocean.
The western boundary with Europe is a historical and cultural construct, as there is no clear physical and geographical separation between them.
The Silk Road became the main East-West trading route in the Asian hinterlands while the Straits of Malacca stood as a major sea route.
Asia has exhibited economic dynamism (particularly East Asia) as well as robust population growth during the 20th century, but overall population growth has since fallen.
Its etymology and language of origin are uncertain.