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language with their own. The chief of these principalities are those of Ligor on one side, and Quedah 0I* the other; but the people are so barbarous and Perfidious, that the Europeans carry on scarce any trade on their coasts."
The first communications of the Portuguese with Siam were in 1511, when Dom Alfonso d'Albuquerque, being engaged in the siege of Malacca, SeQt to Siam, in a Chinese junk, a messenger, who Was well received by the King, and brought back Presents and friendly offers of service, which the Capitulation of Malacca rendered of less importance at that moment. Albuquerque appears to have offered to transfer the government of the city of alaeca to the Siamese King, as a recompence for the ^stance he asked from the monarch. The name ^fthe Portuguese envoy was Duarte Fernandez, a ^utenant, who had been made prisoner by the AArs, and who spoke the Malayan language.
But, in the following year, Antonio d'Abrea was ^spatched by Albuquerque as his ambassador to lam taking return presents to the King.
I5i6, Manoel Falco was sent to Pat ana, where ^y foreig n merchants resided, Arabians, Persians, Athers, who had fled from Malacca on its Rapture; and Falco established a factory there, been welcomed by the Siamese, ne Portuguese are said to have obtained the Privilege of teaching their relig
ion unmolested, dwelt not only in the capital, but in the Provinces of Tenasserim, Menqui, and Ligor. Aion unmolested, dwelt not only in the capital, but in the Provinces of Tenasserim, Menqui, and Ligor. A