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AND, MALABAR COASTS.
is another small island called C^are. and a fire always burns in the centre of it. They go much on horseback and are hunters, and the women take much care of the flocks.
Having passed these islands of Java Major and Minor, forty-two leagues distant from J ava Minor to the east souths east there are many other islands great and small, inhabited by Gentiles and by a few Moors, amongst which there is an island called Timor,1 which has a Gentile king, and a language of its own. Much white sandal grows there, and those who go for it carry as goods to this island iron hatchets, large and small, knives and swords, stuffs from Cambay and Palecate, porcelain, small beads of all kinds, tin, quicksilver and lead. They also ship in this island honey, wax, slaves, and some silver which is found in these islands.
ISLANDS OF BANDAN.
Fifteen leagues more to the north-north-west there are five other islands almost close together, which make a pool between them into which ships enter. And they enter there on two sides, and these are called the Bandan Islands,2 they
the island Sumbawa also in Ortelius is not. the same as Java Minor, but apparently the one here called 0Aare, as it contains a great volcano. Here Eamusio says some lines are wanting ; he calls the island O^are, Nucopora.
1 Timor, Ortelius:a
a Aly tambien Timor, que o lenho manda Sandalo salutifero, e cheyroso.
Olha a Sunda tao larga, que humabanda Esconde para o Sul difficultuoso.
A gente do sertao, que as torras anda,
Hum rio diz que tem miraculoso,
Que por onde elle so sem outro vae Converte em pedra o pao que nelle cae.a
Lusiad. x, stanza 134.
2 Bandan, Ortelius *.a
a Olha do Banda asilhas que se esmalteo Da varia cor, que pinta o rosco fruto,
As aves, variadas, que aly sal tao.As aves, variadas, que aly sal tao.