The quantity in the text is probably exaggerated
only a few pages before, the factory at Cochin is said to have only
been able to procure 300 quintals.—E.
 In Astleys Collection, I. p. 55. Coulan
or Koulan is said to have
been governed at this time by a queen or rana. By Narsinga Bisnagar
is to be understood, which was one of the sovereignties into which the
Decan or southern peninsula of India was then divided—E.
 The western coast of India below the Gauts, is
divided into three
portions, the Concan in the north, after this the coast of Canara, and
in the south, the country of Malabar, reaching from Mount Deli to Cape
Comorin. At the present period, Malabar was divided into seven
kingdoms or provinces: Cananor, Calicut, Cranganor, Cochin, Porka,
Coulan, and Travancore; which last was subject to the kingdom of
Narsinga or Bisnagar. Cananor, Calicut, and Coulan only were
considered as independent rajahs, the others being less or more
subjected to the authority of these three.—E.
 According to Astley, his whole force consisted
of 110 men. Vol. I. p.
 This story of Reynel and the pepper promised
by the zamorin, is so
confusedly told in Lichefild’s translation of Castaneda, as to be
 In Astley the weight of the large pearls is reduced
to 40 pounds.
Even with that correction, the immense quantity of pearls in the text
is quite incredible. There must be some error in the denomination, but
which we are unable to correct.—E.
 The remainder of this section is taken from Astley,
I. 56, being
there appended to the abridgement of the voyage of the Albuquerques.
It is an isolated incident, having no apparent connection with the
history in the text, yet seemed proper to be preserved in this place.
 Mombasa belonged to the Portuguese for near 200
years. In 1698 it
was very easily taken by the Muskat Arabs, who put twenty Portuguese
to the sword.—Astl. I. 56. a.
 No islands of that name are to be found on our
maps. The islands of
Socotora, Abdul Kuria, and los dos Hermanas, are to the
eastwards of Cape Guardafu: Chartan Martan, or the islands of Kuria
Muria, are a considerable distance N.N.E. on the outer or oceanic
coast of Yemen.—E.
Transactions of the Portuguese in India under Duarte Pacheco, from the departure of Alonso and Francisco de Albuquerque in January 1504, till the arrival of Lope Suarez de Menesis with succours in September of that year.