A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 02 eBook

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After his shameful desertion of Cochin, Vincente Sodre went with his fleet towards the kingdom of Cambaya; meaning to capture the rich ships of the Moors which trade to India from the Red Sea.  He there took five ships, in which in ready money only was found to the value of 200,000 perdaos.  Most of the Moors were slain in the battle, and the ships burnt.  From Cambaya he sailed for Cape Guardafu; and as his ships were foul, he proposed to lay them aground to be careened at the islands of Curia Muria[4].  Sodre arrived there with his squadron on the 20th April 1503; and though these islands were well inhabited by Moors, he resolved to venture on land, considering that these islanders were by no means warlike, and stood in fear of our men.  The islanders accordingly behaved in a peaceable manner, and sold our people such provisions as they had to spare.  Sodre laid one of his caravels aground for repair, on which he was informed by the Moors that their coast was subject to violent storms in the month of May, during which no ships were able to keep the sea, but were unavoidably driven on shore and wrecked.  Wherefore they advised him strenuously to remove to the other side of the island, which would then be a sure defence against the storm, after which had blown over he might return to their part of the coast.  Sodre made light of their advice, conceiving they meant him some harm; and told them that the ships of the Moors having only wooden anchors, might be easily driven ashore, whereas his anchors were of iron and would hold fast.  Pedro Raphael, Hernan Rodriguez Badarsas, and Diego Perez were convinced of the council of the Moors being good, and therefore quitted these islands on the last day of April; but Sodre would not listen to their advice and remained with his brother at Curia Muria.  According to the prediction of the Moors, a violent storm came on early in May, by which the two remaining ships were driven from their anchors and dashed to pieces.  Vincente Sodre and his brother, with many others lost their lives, and nothing whatever was saved out of these two ships.  The loss of these two brothers was considered as a punishment of Providence, for basely abandoning the rajah of Cochin and the factory in their imminent danger.

Those who were saved returned towards Cochin to succour our people, and chose Pedro de Tayde[5] as their general.  In their passage from Curia Muria towards Cochin, they encountered several severe storms, and were often in great danger of perishing.  Being unable to reach Cochin on account of the winds, they were forced to take refuge in the island of Anchediva.  A few days after their arrival, a ship came there from Portugal, commanded by Antonio del Campo, who had left Lisbon alone some time after Vasco de Gama, and had been much delayed on his voyage in consequence of the death of his pilot.  He had encountered severe weather on the coast, and was forced after much trouble and danger to take refuge in Anchediva.  The united squadron wintered in this island, where they suffered severe hardships from scarcity of provisions.

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