Tohfut-ul-mujahideen, an historical work in the Arabic language by Zayn al-Din ?Abd al-?Aziz al-Malibari

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ... same system, they every year imported from Europe large fleets filled with men and treasure, making their returns in cargoes of pepper and ginger, and the other produce of Malabar. Now it should be known, that after the Franks had established themselves in Cochin and Cannanore, and had settled in those towns, the inhabitants, with all their dependents, became subject to these foreigners, engaged in the arts of navigation, and in maritime employments, making voyages of trade under the protection of passes from the Franks; every vessel, however small, being provided with a distinct pass, and this with a view to the general security of all. And upon each of these passes a certain fee was fixed, on the payment of which the pass was delivered to the master of the vessel, when about to proceed on his voyage. Now the Franks, in imposing this toll, caused it to appear that it would prove in its consequences a source of advantage to these people, thus to induce them to submit to it; whilst to enforce its payment, if they fell in with any vessel, in which this their letter of marque, or pass, was not to be found, they of the engagement received martyrdom; as if he had said, for their pains! Then, his remark upon their safety on the second day, when no candidates for it amongst " the faithful" seem to have been found; and, lastly, the grave piece of congratulation that he offers them and their 100,000 comrades upon having escaped with their lives on this occasion! The chances of safety to the allies could not have been very problematical, considering that in this desperate expedition there were a lac of righting men (for the Nairs should be all this by birth) against three poor merchantmen! It is to this attack that Sousa must allude when he...


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