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THE EAST AFRICAN
are inhabited by Moors and Gentiles, and in three of them there grows much nutmeg and mace upon trees like laurels, whose fruit is the nutmeg, and upon the nutmeg is the mace like a flower, and above this there is another thick rind : and in these islands one quintal of mace is worth as much as seven of nutmeg, for there is such a quantity of the nutmeg that they burn, so that it is almost worth nothing. And to purchase this mace and nutmeg the merchants carry the following goods : cotton and silk stuffs of all kinds from Cambay, drugs from Guzerat, copper, quicksilver, lead and tin; and some coloured caps1 with long pile, which they bring from the Levant, and bells from Java which are worth each one of the large ones twenty bahars of mace, and each bahar is four quintals. From this island of Bandam to Maluco, which is towards the north, there are many islands inhabited and uninhabited, in these they keep as treasure very large metal bells; ivory, Cambay silk stuffs which they call patolas, and very fine porcelain. There is no king in these islands, nor do they obey any one : on some occasions they obey the King of Maluco.
A hundred leagues further on to the north-east towards Maluco, there are many other islands peopled by Gentiles, they are called the Dandon islands, each one has a king and a language of its own. In these islands there are many rowing boats which go out to rob one another, and make prisoners, whom they kill, or ransom for Cambay stuffs, which are highly valued amongst them; and each man labours to obtain such a quantity of these cloths that when
Da verde Noz tomando seu tributo.
Olha tambem Borneo, onde nao falfcao Lagrimas, no lieor qualhado, e enxuto,
Das arvores, que camphora he chamado
Com que da ilha o nome he celebrado.a Lusiad., 133.
1 Chapel is also the same as chapin, a slipper or sandal.
2 Ramusio, Ambon ; Lisbon, Andam.2 Ramusio, Ambon ; Lisbon, Andam.