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 -  They are all mariners, having
a few barks and small craft, the planks of which are sewed together by
rope - Page 420
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They Are All Mariners, Having A Few Barks And Small Craft, The Planks Of Which Are Sewed Together By Rope, And Are Entirely Destitute Of Iron Work, With Sails Curiously Made Of Mats, Constructed Of The Barks Of The Palm Or Date Tree, And Folding Together Like A Fan.

The cordage and cables are made of the same materials.

They trade to the main land in these barks, and bring from thence abundance of dates, jujebs, and a sort of white buck-wheat. They make a good quantity of Mecca ginger, and procure plenty of frankinsence from Bista[220]. They reduce their buck-wheat to meal on a piece of marble, about the size of the stone on which colours are ground by painters, on which another stone about half an ell long and like a rolling pin or roller is made to work so as to bruise the corn. Immediately after this it is made into a paste and baked into thin cakes. This is their bread, which must be made fresh every day, otherwise it becomes so dry and hard that there is no eating it. Both fish and flesh are to be had here in sufficient abundance. From the islands of Akhefas or Atfas to this island of Khamaran the distance is 40 miles.

[Footnote 219: In Ramusio only 40 miles. - Astl. I. 90. d.]

[Footnote 220: This is called the land of the Abissins in the edition of Ramusio. - Astl. I. 91. a.]

The Pacha landed at this place, making all the gallies turn into the harbour along with him; and sent from thence two foists with messengers, one to the king or sheikh of Zibit or Zabid, and the other to the sheikh of Aden, ordering them to provide water and provisions for the fleet, to enable him to proceed in his expedition to India against the Portuguese.

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