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0425 Marco Polo : vol.1
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strong an entrance that none could come in there with any people to do them harm, z

and therefore he has fear of none. Moreover I tell you another thing. If it were to

happen that any ship were to come to any of these mouths of the said river • or port • R R z

through some accident and anchor, if it were not a ship which came specially to them, L

they take all them of the ship and carry off everything from them and say, Thou z z

wouldst go to another place and our God & our wry good luck has sent thee hither to FB P z

me, wherefore I take all thy things which our God & our luck have sent to us. And then P

they take all the things that they find from the ship, and the ship, and keep them for z v

their own and do not believe that they have sinned thereby; they say that those ships vL

are not come there except to rob ..But if she come[on purpose]to their land they receive her FB

with great honour, & they are well guarded. And thus it happened in all the parts of

these [88b] provinces of Indie, for if some ship goes of necessity because of bad weather z

into some place to which it did not wish to go, and left its own port that it might z

sail elsewhere, such ships as these, wherever they arrive in another part or in

another place to which they did not wish to go, except the place to which they wished z

to go, they are taken and robbed of all their possessions and their merchandise, for

they say, You wished to go elsewhere but my good fortune and my good judgement

has sent thee here, so that I ought to have thy possessions. And you may know that

all the ships from Mangi and from other directions come here in the summer y

and load in three days or in four' days or perhaps in eight and go off as soon as they TA z

can because there is no harbour, and here it is very dangerous to stay since there

are beaches and sand and no harbour. Yet it is true that the ships from Mangi

are not afraid to go to the beaches as the others are afraid because they carry with z z

them such great anchors of timber that they hold their ships well in all great storms.

Moreover they have lions and very many other fierce wild beasts & many birds. in this z P P FB ~

realm . • And likewise they have both .good hunting and chase enough. There is nothing L z L FB

else. Now we have told you of the kingdom of Eli and so we will go forward and will v

treat of other things, and we will tell you of the kingdom of Melibar so as you will

be able to understand it.

   ERE HE TELLS OF THE KINGDOM OF MELIBAR. Melibar is a very great   • 183 •

kingdom of greater Indie toward sunsetting, of which I do not wish to stay to VA R

say yet any other particulars. They have a king for themselves and a language

also, and they are idolaters and pay tribute to no one. And from this kingdom the star v

of [88c] tramontaine is even more seen so that it seems to be about two' goues FB

high above the water. And you may know that from this province of Melibar and z

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