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Appendix III Contemporary Letters Describing The Voyage

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This chapter talks about the voyage of Vasco da Gama and Paulo da Gama to India. It is a compilation of four different letters written by Girolamo Sernigi's and D. Manuel I about the voyage. They brought spices including cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, pepper and precious stones such as rubies. It describes in detail the town of Chalichut and its King. It says the city of Chalichut has knowledge about Pope of Rome and Prester John. Most of the vessels, which load spices at Chalichut, cross the large gulf, then pass through the strait to reach Cairo. The letter describes Egypt and its trade. The letter mentions that the people in those areas are Christians. The articles most suitable for export to India is coral, copper kettles, thin plates of the same metal, tartar, spectacles, course linens, wine, oil, thin brocades and boccasins, that is cloths.

Keywords: Chalichut; Christians; cinnamon; cloves; ginger; letters; pepper; Prester John; Vasco da Gama; voyage

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