I must not omit to mention, that there have lately arrived messengers from Ubenus king of Ethiopia to the king of Portugal, bringing gifts of ivory and many other things. These are soon to return in two ships, which are to go to India after stopping at the new gold mines. While this ship which has first arrived was on its voyage home, it met two ships steering their course from the new gold mines for India. These; thinking themselves lost, or that they would be plundered by the Christians, offered to pay them a ransom of 15,000 ducats for leave to continue their voyage: But the Christians, though tempted by so much gold, gave these people many gifts and permitted them to continue their course, that they might hereafter be allowed a free trade with their country.
 This letter is dated on the 20th of June 1501,
and obviously refers to
the voyage of Cabral, who had returned from India not long before. The
writer is described as a native of Crete, and envoy from the lords of
Venice to the king of Portugal.—E.
 The strange geographical language here used is
because the ideas of the writer were confused. He seems to mean the
Mina in Guinea, which is five or six degrees within the equator,
or to the north; but is at least 18 west from the meridian of Sicily.
 Meaning the tropic of Capricorn, on which the
sun is during our
 The recession of the coast inwards from Cape Delgado
which may be called the Bay of Zanzibar.—E.