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Adam Knobler

reinos ao sul de Calecute,” in Velho, Roteiro , 85-93. Similar reports were written of Christians and Christian-Muslim conflicts along the East African coast, reports which were echoed in royal circles as well as in the writings of mariners. See Velho, Roteiro , 32-33 [10-11 April 1498]. Also see the

Thomas F. Glick

noxious odors, which ostensibly caused disease. “Eastern” spices were not necessarily eastern. The most popular spice in medieval Cairo was cinnamon; it came in two varieties, “Chinese” and “Ceylonese”, both of which, however, were imported from east Africa. Cloves were not popular, and even less were

Giancarlo Casale

Westerners in the Indian Ocean region and (as we shall see below) to the special seafaring skills which such Westerners often possessed. As a result, black slaves from East Africa, and especially Christians from Ethiopia, were probably on the whole much more numerous than any contingent of “Frankish” rowers

picked up stories about other regions which he did not himself visit, such as Japan (‘Cipangu’), where the walls and roofs of the ruler’s palace were allegedly covered with gold, or the East African coast. In its scope, consequently, his book had no precedent: in Professor Larner’s words, ‘never before

Adam Gaiser

Merchants (Princeton: Markus Wiener, 2003), 3; Savage, “Berbers and Blacks,” 365-366. The reference to the pilgrimage in this passage may be significant: while many slaves came from India and East Africa, slaves from North Africa generally arrived via the Ḥijāz, when the pilgrimage season brought large