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Departing from Cananor, Suarez arrived off Melinda on the 1st of February; where, without landing himself, he sent Antonio de Saldanna to bring away the rich prizes he had formerly made at Cape Guardafui.  From Melinda, the fleet went to Quiloa, on purpose to enforce the payment of the tribute from the king of that place.  Departing from thence on the 10th of February, he arrived safe at Lisbon on the 22d of June 1505[11], without any incident worth relating[12]; carrying with him two ships more than had accompanied him to India, all laden with rich commodities, and was received by the King Don Manuel with great honour.

When the king learnt the great service which Pacheco had performed in India, he expressed his high approbation of his conduct in a public procession.  The king went, in all the splendour usually shewn on Corpus Christi day, from the high church to that of St Domingo, accompanied by Duarte Pacheco.  After solemn service, a sermon was preached by Don Diego Ortis, bishop of Viseo; who, by the kings command, gave a rehearsal of all that had been performed by Pacheco in the war against the zamorin.  On the same day, a solemn festival was held in all the churches of Portugal and Algarve.  The king sent letters on the occasion to the pope and all the princes of Christendom, announcing all these notable acts and victories which had been performed in the Indies.[13]

[1] These are said to have been the largest ships hitherto built in
    Portugal, and to have carried 1200 men; perhaps soldiers, besides
    their ordinary crews.—­Astl.  I. 57.

[2] The Turkish empire, as succeeding that of the Romans or Greeks of
    Constantinople, is still called Rumi in the east.  It will be
    afterwards seen, that these Rumes, Romans, or Turks, made some
    powerful efforts to drive the Portuguese from India, as greatly
    injurious to the Indian trade with Europe through the Red Sea and

[3] This expression is quite inexplicable, unless we may pick out very
    darkly that it belonged to the Calicut confederacy against the
    Portuguese.  Yet Castaneda, or his imperfect translator Lichefild, does
    not inform us whether this vessel was made a prize.  Lichefild seems
    almost always to have had a very imperfect knowledge of the language
    of the author, often to have mistaken his meaning or expressed it with
    great obscurity, and sometimes writes even a kind of jargon, by
    endeavouring to translate verbally without being able to catch an idea
    from the original.—­E.

[4] According to Astley, from De Fariz only five ships; and indeed in
    the sequel, Castaneda only mentions two ships as employed, on the
    present occasion and three others that were drawn up on shore.—­E.

[5] At the commencement of this section, Castaneda names this person Lope
    Mendez de Vasconcelles; in Astley, I. 58, he is called Manuel Tellez

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