A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 07 eBook

Robert Kerr (writer)
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I remained in Cochin eight months, till the 2d of November, not being able to procure a passage in all that time; whereas if I had arrived two days sooner I should have got a passage immediately.  From Cochin I went to Goa, which is an hundred leagues; and after remaining three days I went to Chaul, sixty leagues from Goa.  I remained twenty-three days at Chaul, making all necessary preparations for the prosecution of my voyage.  I then sailed for Ormus, four hundred leagues from Goa, where I had to wait fifty days for a passage to Basora.

From Basora I went up the Euphrates and Tigris to Babylon or Bagdat, being drawn up most of the way by the strength of men, hauling by a long rope.  From Bagdat I went by land to Mosul, which stands near the scite of the ancient Nineveh, which is all ruinated and destroyed.  From Mosul I travelled to Merdin in Armenia, where a people called Cordies or Curds now dwell.  I went thence to Orfa, a fair town having a fair fountain full of fish, where the Mahometans hold many opinions, and practice many ceremonies in reference to Abraham, who they allege once dwelt there.  From thence I went to Bir, where I crossed the Euphrates, and continued my journey to Aleppo; whence, after staying some months for a caravan, I went to Tripolis in Syria.  Finding an English ship there, I had a prosperous voyage to London, where by the blessing of God I arrived safe on the 29th of April 1591, having been eight years absent from my native country.

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Before ending this my book, I have thought right to declare some things which are produced in India and the countries farther east[428].

[Footnote 428:  This account of the commodities of India so very much resembles that already given in the perigrinations of Cesar Frederick, Vol.  VII. p. 204, as to seem in a great measure borrowed from it, though with some variations.—­E.]

Pepper grows in many parts of India, especially about Cochin; much of it growing wild in the fields among the bushes without cultivation, and is gathered when ripe.  When first gathered it is green, but becomes black by drying in the sun.  Ginger is found in many parts of India, growing like our garlic, the root being the ginger.  Cloves come from the Molucca islands, the tree resembling our bay.  Nutmegs and mace grow together on the same tree, and come from the island of Banda, the tree being like our walnut-tree, but smaller.  White sandal wood comes from the island of Timor.  It is very sweet scented, and is in great request among the natives of India, who grind it up with a little water, and then anoint their bodies with it, as a grateful perfume.  Camphor is esteemed very precious among the Indians, and is sold dearer than gold, so that I think none of it comes to Christendom.  That which is compounded comes from China:  But the best, which grows in canes, comes from the great island of Borneo.

Lignuo aloes are from Cochin China.  Benjamin, or Benzoin, comes from Siam and Jangomes[429].  Long pepper grows in Bengal, Pegu, and the Javas.  Musk comes from Tartary[430], Amber[431] is supposed by most to come out of the sea, as it is all found on the shore.

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