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He Immediately Called A Council Of The Other Captains And Principal Officers Of The Fleet, To Take Their Advice On The Present Emergency, To Whom He Intimated His Intention Of Going To Visit The King Of Calicut On Purpose To Settle A Treaty Of Trade And Amity.

Paulo de Gama, his brother, strongly objected to his venturing on shore; alleging that although the natives of the

Place were Christians, as they still believed them, yet there were many Moors among them who were much to be feared as his mortal enemies; since these people at Mozambique and Mombaza, where they had only passed by their ports, endeavoured to destroy them all, they were much more to be feared at Calicut where we had come on purpose to enter into competition with them in trade, by which their profits would be diminished. It was therefore the more probable that they would use every effort to destroy the general, on whom our whole hope of safety and success depended; and, however much the zamorin might regret the commission of such a deed, he could not restore him to life: besides which, the Moors were inhabitants of the place, where they had much interest, whereas the general was an utter stranger. Likewise, it was quite impossible for them to be assured that the king of Calicut might not have leagued with the Moors for his death or captivity; either of which would ruin their voyage and prove the destruction of them all, and all the toils and dangers they had passed through would prove in vain.

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