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A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 06 eBook

Robert Kerr (writer)
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 653 pages of information about A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels Volume 06.
100 miles.  Continuing our voyage all night to the S.E. we found ourselves at sunrise of the 6th to windward of a mountain on the right hand shore, named Marzoan, 100 miles beyond Soridan.  Proceeding forward on the 6th, and still sailing S.E. we advanced 100 miles by sunrise, and saw land on the right towards Kabisa[216].  We sailed 90 miles on the 7th S.E. by E. Proceeding on the 8th at the rate of 8 miles an hour, we sailed 100 miles by sunrise; and in the night, the wind being south-westerly, we advanced 20 miles to the S.E.  On the 9th the winds were variable and rather calm.  To the S.E. we found a shoal under water 50 miles from land.  Our course during the day was only 10 miles to the N.W. and in the ensuing night 20 miles S. by W. On the 10th we sailed 70 miles S.E. and came to a port named Kor in eight fathoms water, in a very desert country.

[Footnote 216:  In Ramusio this is called the land of the Abissini.  So that instead of Kabisa or Kabisia, we should read in the text Habash or Habashia, commonly called Abassia, Abissina, or Abyssinia.—­Astl.  I. 90. a.]

SECTION II.

Arrival at Jiddah, the Port of Mecca.  The islands of Alfas, Kamaran, and Tuiche.  The Straits of Bab-al-Mandub.

Leaving Kor on the 11th of July, we sailed along shore till noon 30 miles, when we came to a city named Zidem[217], which is the emporium or landing place of all the spices from Calicut and other parts of India.  This place is a stage and a half from Mecca; and though there are several shoals both above and under water, the port is good, and the town has abundance of provisions:  but no water is to be met with, except from a few cisterns which are filled with rain water.  This place abounds in merchandize, and the country round produces dates, ginger of Mecca[218], and other sorts.  In a mosque on the outside of the town is a tomb, which according to the Mahometans is the burial-place of Eve.  The inhabitants go almost naked, and are meagre and swarthy.  The sea produces abundance of fish.  The natives tie three or four pieces of timber together about six feet long, on one of which slight rafts a man rows himself with a board, and ventures out to sea eight or nine miles to fish in all weathers.  At this place the fleet remained four days and took in a supply of water.

[Footnote 217:  Otherwise Jiddah or Joddah, the port of Mecca.  In his map of Egypt, Nubia, and Abyssinia, De L’Isle makes Zidem, which he also names Gidde, doubtless a corruption of Jiddah, a distinct place a little to the south from Jiddah.  This must be a mistake; as Jiddah has for many ages been the port of Mecca, as Zidem is said to be in the text.  This is farther confirmed by the mention of Eves tomb in the text, which Pitts saw at Jiddah.  Thevenot says her tomb is at Gidde, which De L’Isle supposed to have been a different place from Gidda, Joddah, or Jiddah, whence arose his mistake.—­Astl.  I.90. b.]

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