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0449 Marco Polo : vol.1
Marco Polo : vol.1 / Page 449 (Color Image)

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right into Alexandre. And in such manner and by this road from towards Aden

do the Saracens of Alexandre have the pepper and the other spicery and the dear z

merchandise of Indie; nor by other way which is so good and short can it come there L z

to Alexandre; and it conies safely without great trouble. And to this port come many merchants y y

with their ships, and thus from this port of Aden the ships go through the isles of

Indic with many merchants and loaded with Which merchandise. And again I tell you TA

that the same merchants also carry into the isles of Indie from this saine region' many TA TA TA

good horses and beautiful Arab war-horses of great value from which the merchants z

make great gain and profit; for I wish you to know that the merchants sell a good z

& fine horse in Indie for quite ioo marks of silver and more. Moreover I tell you TA

that the king or sultan of Aden has very great revenue and great treasure from the LT

great duty which he takes from the ships and from the merchants who go and

come in his land. And moreover I tell you quite truly [95a] that by this means

which I have told you, from the great duty which he has continually from the VA

merchants who come into his land, he is one of the richest kings of the world.

For this is the greatest port which is in all those regions for the exchange of goods; and all R

meet together there with their ships. Moreover I shall tell you of this sultan that he did

a thing which was a very great loss to the Christians. For you may know quite v

truly that he is of such power that • in the year of God 1200 in the 91 year2 when the sultan L G

of Babilonie went upon the town of Acon, that is Acre,' to besiege it, when he took L L

it and did so much harm to Christians, this sultan of Aden gave, as was said, quite z

30000 horsemen of his people and quite 40000 camels to the sultan of Babilonie

to help, so that it was a very great gain to Saracens and loss to Christians . And

know that he did this more for the great ill that he wishes to the Christians than he TA TA

did it for goodwill that he has to the sultan of Babilonie nor for love that he

bears the sultan, for he had no love indeed for the sultan of Babilonie . • Also we wish you z TA Z

to know that the ships of Aden, Curmos, Chisci, and other parts which sail through the sea

of Indie are very often shipwrecked because of their frailty. And íf that sea were as troubled

and rough and were troubled as often as the sea in our parts is troubled, no ship would finish her

voyage but would suffer shipwreck. But what do the merchants and those who sail with those

ships? They take with them indeed many sacks of leather, and when they feel that the weather

and the sea is disturbed they fill these sacks with pearls and precious stones if they have any,

1 de ces part very possibly for de test port cf. Z, p. cii. TA: questo porto

2 VA: 1270 VB: 1293 P gives no date (cf. PAUTHIER, II, p. 705), and reduces the contingent to moo camels only. R: nel 1200 The version keeps the quaint form in which G expresses 1291.

3 LT: ierusalem