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Description of the Coasts of East Africa and Malabar: In the by Duarte Barbosa, Henry E. J. Stanley (translator)

By Duarte Barbosa, Henry E. J. Stanley (translator)

The courses of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made to be had edited (and occasionally translated) early bills of exploration. the 1st sequence, which ran from 1847 to 1899, contains a hundred books containing released or formerly unpublished works by means of authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and protecting voyages to the recent international, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa and India. This 1866 quantity comprises an English translation of a Spanish manuscript model of a rfile initially written in Portuguese approximately 1514. The intended writer, Duarte Barbosa, who could have been a relative of Magellan, is expounded to have spent 16 years exploring the Indian Ocean. The complicated historical past of this manuscript narrative is given intimately within the translator's preface, and the publication has explanatory notes and an index.

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Encyclopedico, Madrid, 1855. The " maize" mentioned in the text must be a mistake of the author or of the translators: it should be yams. - Penda and Zenzibar, Ortelius. AND MALABAR COASTS. 15 together with cords of reed or matting, and the sails are of palm mats. They are very feeble people, with very few and despicable weapons. In these islands they live in great luxury, and abundance; they dress in very good cloths of silk and cotton, which they buy in Mombaza of the merchants from Cambay, who reside there.

And all round this place there are much provisions, and much gold comes there from the country of Prester John. MASAVA SAVAQCIN3 AND OTHER PLACES. Leaving Dalaqua for the interior of the Red Sea, there are" Massowa, Suakin, and other towns of the Moors; and this coast is still called Arabia Felix, and the Moors call it Barra Ajan,4 in all which there is much gold which comes from the interior of the country of Prester John, whom they call Abexi. All these places on this coast trade with the country with their cloths and other merchandise, and they bring from it gold, ivory, honey, wax and slaves; and sometimes they are at war with them, for they are Christians, and they capture many of them; and such captives are much valued by the Moors, and amongst them are worth much more money than other slaves because they find them sharp and faithful, and well-built men in body, and when they turn Moors, they become greater emperors than the original Moors.

Leaving the port of Eliobon to go out of the Red Sea, there is a town of the Moors, called Guida, and it is the port of Mecca, whither the ships used to come every year from India with spices and drugs, and they returned thence to Calicut with much copper, quicksilver, vermillion, saffron, rosewater, scarlet silks, camelots, tafetans and other goods, of stuffs used in India, and also with much gold and silver; and the trade was very great and profitable. And from this port of Guida these spices and drugs were transported in small vessels to Suez, as has been already said.

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