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Having All Confessed, The Portuguese Embarked In A Number Of Small Vessels And Crossed The River After Which They Forced Their Way To The Plain Of Morro On The Top Of The Promontary, Where The Battle Was Renewed.

Ten elephants were turned loose by the Moors, in expectation that they would force the Portuguese troops into disorder;

But one of these being severely wounded by a Portuguese soldier, turned back and trampled down the enemy, till falling into the ditch he made a way like a bridge for passing over. Another of the elephants forcing his way in at a wicket in the works of the enemy, enabled the Portuguese to enter likewise, where they slaughtered the enemy almost without opposition. Some accounts say that 10,000 men were slain on this occasion, and others say no less than 60,000. Farate Khan with his wife and daughter were made prisoners, and only 21 Portuguese were slain in this decisive action. The principal booty consisted of 75 pieces of cannon of extraordinary size, a vast quantity of ammunition, many horses, and five elephants. Farate Khan became a Christian before he died, as did his daughter, who was sent to Portugal, but his wife was ransomed.

[Footnote 418: This unusual name seems from the context to be here given to the Nizam-al-mulk or sovereign of the Decan. - E.]

SECTION XI.

Continuation of the Portuguese Transactions in India, from 1597 to 1612.

In May 1597, Don Francisco de Gama, count of Vidugueyra, grandson to the discoverer, arrived at Goa as viceroy of India, but carried himself with so much haughty state that he gained the dislike of all men.

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