A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 01 eBook

Robert Kerr (writer)
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lawns, are manufactured.  It contains many common inns for strangers and travellers; and the inhabitants are very industrious in trade and manufactures.  A mile beyond this city, the road divides into two; that to the west leading through the province of Kathay, and that to the south-east towards the province of Mangi, from Gouza to the kingdom of Tain-fu[3].  In this journey, you ride for ten days through Kathay, always finding many fair and populous cities, well cultivated fields, and numerous vineyards, from whence all Kathay is supplied with wine; and many plantations of mulberry trees, for rearing silk worms.  Tain-fu is the name of the kingdom or province, and of the chief city, which is large and handsomely built, carrying on much trade, and containing great magazines of military stores for the khans army.  Seven days journey farther to the west, there is a pleasant country, having many cities and castles, and carrying on great trade.  We then come to a very large city, called Pian-fu, in which there is vast abundance of silk and much trade.

Westwards from Pian-fu, there is a pleasantly situated castle called Thaigin, containing a spacious palace with a fine hall, in which there are portraits of all the famous kings who have reigned in this country.  This castle and palace are said to have been built by a king named Dor, who was very powerful, and was only attended on by great numbers of young damsels, who used to carry him about the castle in a small light chariot.  Confiding in the strength of this castle, which he believed impregnable, Dor rebelled against Umcan, to whom he was tributary.  But seven of his courtiers or attendants, in whom he placed confidence, made him prisoner one day while hunting, and delivered him to Umcan, who dressed him in mean clothes, and set him under a strong guard to tend his cattle.  At the end of two years, Umcan called Dor into his presence, and after a severe reproof and admonition for his future obedience, dressed him in princely robes, and sent him back to his kingdom with a powerful escort.

About twenty miles beyond the castle of Thaigin, we come to the great river Caramaran[4]; which is so broad and deep that it has no bridge between this place and the ocean.  There are many cities, towns, and castles, on the banks of this river, which carry on great trade.  The country abounds in ginger and silk; and fowls of all kinds, particularly pheasants, are so plentiful, that three of them may be purchased for a Venetian groat.  Along the banks of this river, there grow vast quantities of great reeds or hollow canes[5], some of which, are a foot or eighteen inches round, and are applied to many useful purposes.  Two days journey beyond this river is the famous city of Carianfu, in which great quantities of silks and cloth of gold are made.  This country produces ginger, galuigal, spike, and many spices; and the inhabitants are idolaters.  Proceeding seven days journey westwards, we pass through many cities, and

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