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

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[Footnote 234:  These fouts, so often mentioned in this chapter, were probably grabs or jerbs, a large species of barks employed in their navigations by the Arabs of the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf.—­E.]

From Mokha the Pacha sent a messenger to the sheikh or king of Zabid, who was a Turk named Nokoda Hamet, commanding him to come immediately to the sea-side and pay his obeisance to the sultan.  The sheikh sent back for answer, that he was ready to pay the tribute due to the sultan, and would willingly accept a Sanjak or banner if sent to him; but that he did not know the Pacha and would not come to the sea-side.  The Pacha was much displeased at this, yet sent his Kiahya and some janizaries to Zabid, which is three days journey inland, to carry a standard to the sheikh.  In return the sheikh made him a rich present, in which was a splendid scymeter and dagger, with some beautiful pearls of six carats forming a string above a foot in length, besides one fine pearl of eighteen carats:  for a great deal of fine oriental pearls are found in this coast of Arabia.  He likewise gave each of the Turks two rich-vests or caftans, and a young black slave.  The Kiahya made him many compliments, and entreated him to wait upon the Pacha; but the sheikh would on no account consent.  Finding that he could not prevail upon him, the Kiahya said, “Since you will not go to the Pacha, he will come to you:”  And so took his leave and returned to Mokha.

We remained twenty-nine days at Mokha, which we left at sunrise on the 23d of January 1539 with a brisk gale, and sailed W. by N. till noon; when the wind altered and we proceeded N.W. going in all 100 miles that day.  The 24th we continued to the N.W. under easy sail with a fair wind 30 miles during the day; and by the sixth hour of the night, we cast anchor at the island of Khamaran, 20 miles farther.  The Pacha landed on the 29th, and gave pay to all the janizaries who were willing to fight, but nothing was given to the slaves and mariners.  The 2d of February, the weather being calm, we left Khamaran by the help of our oars, and came about six o’clock to a place on the coast called Kubit Sarif[235], 20 miles from Khamaran.

[Footnote 235:  In the edition of Aldus, this place is here named Khebiccairf; but afterwards Kubit Sarif as in the text.  In Ramusio it is named Kobbat Sharif, signifying the noble dome, which is probably the right name.—­Astl.  I. 98. a.]


Transactions of the Pacha at Zabid, and continuation of the Voyage from Kubit Sarif.

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