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

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[1] This army is said to have amounted to 50,000 men.  Panani is six
    leagues from Cochin.—­Astl.  I. 54.

[2] This person is named Naubea Daring by Astley, and is said to have
    been nephew to the zamorin.—­Astl.  I. 56.

[3] In Astley this prince is called the nephew of the rajah of Cochin.—­
    Astl.  I. 55.

[4] These are a cluster of islands, otherwise called Chartan and Martan,
    on the coast of Yemen, between the latitudes of 17 deg. and 18 deg. north.—­E.

[5] Of the four officers mentioned in the text, three are enumerated at
    the commencement of the former voyage of De Gama as commanders of
    separate vessels.  The fourth, Badarsas, is not in that list of
    captains, and may have been appointed captain of Vincente Sodres flag-
    ship.—­E.

SECTION VII.

Voyage of Alonso and Francisco de Albuquerque to India in 1503; being the fifth of the Portuguese Expeditions to the East Indies.

Is the year 1503, supposing that the admiral Don Vasco de Gama had quietly settled factories in Cochin and Cananor, the king of Portugal did not consider it necessary to send any great fleet to India.  He therefore determined to send only six ships in two separate squadrons, under separate generals.  Alonso de Albuquerque, who was afterwards governor-general or viceroy of India, commanded one of these squadrons, having under him as captains, Duarte Pacheco and Hernan Martinez Mascarennas, who is said to have died during the voyage.  The other squadron, likewise of three ships, was under the command of Francisco de Albuquerque, cousin to Alonso, having as captains Nicholas Coello and Pedro Vas de la Vega, the former of whom sailed under De Gama in the first discovery of India.  This latter squadron sailed from Lisbon fifteen days after the other, yet arrived first in India.  Both squadrons encountered severe storms during the voyage, in which the ship commanded by De la Vega was lost.  Francisco de Albuquerque, and Nicholas Coello, arrived at Anchediva in the month of August, where they found De Tayde and the other captains who had wintered there, as related in the former section.  They here received notice of the war between the zamorin and the rajah of Cochin, and of the sinister events which had occurred at that place; for which reason Francisco stood over with the whole fleet, now consisting of six sail, to Cananor, where he expected to receive more exact intelligence of the state of affairs in Cochin.  They were here received with great joy by the Portuguese factory; and even the rajah of Cananor came on board the generals ship in person, and gave him a distinct recital of what had happened at Cochin, and of the present situation of Triumpara.

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