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tugal levies forty ducats as duty ; and although they pay less dues than in the time of the Moors, this harbour produces much revenue to the King of Portugal.1 *
In this kingdom of Decani there are many great cities, and many other towns within the country inhabited by Moors and Gentiles. It is a country very well cultivated, and abundantly supplied with provisions, and it has an extensive commerce, which produces much revenue to the king, who is called Mahamuza, and is a Moor; and he lives very luxuriously, and with much pleasure, in a great city inland, which is called Mavider. This king holds the whole of his kingdom, divided amongst Moorish lords, to each one of whom he has assigned cities, towns, and villages; and these lords govern and rule, so that the king does not give any orders in his kingdom, nor does he meddle except in giving himself a pleasant life and amusement. And all these lords do obeisance to him, and bring him the revenue, with which they have to come into his presence. And if any one of them were to revolt or disobey, the others go against him and destroy him, or reduce him again to obedience to the king. These lords frequently have wars and differences among one another, and it happens that some take villages from others; but afterwards the king makes peace, and administers justice between them. Each one has many horsemen, very good archers with the Turkish bow, white people, of good figures. Their dress is of cotton stuffs, and they wear caps on their heads. They give large pay to the soldiers : they speak Arabic, Persian and the Decani language, which is the natural language of the country. These Moorish lords take tents of cotton cloth into the field, in which they dwell when going on a journey, or to war.
They ride a small saddle, and fight tied to their horses. They carry in their hands very long light lances, with four-
1 San Roman says that the revenue of Sabayo was five hundred thousand ducats ; and that Goa produced much more in the hands of the King Of Portugal (p. 183).1 San Roman says that the revenue of Sabayo was five hundred thousand ducats ; and that Goa produced much more in the hands of the King Of Portugal (p. 183).