What comprises the Near East has developed with time. The terms вЂњNear EastвЂќ and вЂњMiddle EastвЂќ meant two different things in the 19 th century. Both terms were used by Westerners to divide the so-called Orient. The Near East denoted the territory of the Ottoman Empire and EuropeвЂ™s Balkan Peninsula, whilst the center East described the territory involving the Persian Gulf and Southeast Asia. In the 20 th century, nonetheless, the expression вЂњNear EastвЂќ dropped out of benefit, and was largely replaced by the term вЂњMiddle EastвЂќ, which arrived to reference the blended territory of what was considered the Near East and center East into the 19 th century.