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The zamorin collected his army, as already mentioned, at the village of
Panani, where, besides his own subjects and allies - Page 690
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The Zamorin Collected His Army, As Already Mentioned, At The Village Of Panani, Where, Besides His Own Subjects And Allies, Several Of The Principal Subjects Of The Rajah Of Cochin Joined His Standard, Deserting Their Own Sovereign, And Carrying Along With Them All The Power They Were Able To Muster:

Among these were the caimalls or governors of Chirapipil and Cambalane, and of the large island which is opposite to the city of Cochin.

At this place, the zamorin made a long speech to his assembled chiefs, in which he endeavoured to justify his enmity to the Portuguese, whom he represented as thieves, robbers, and pirates, and as having first commenced hostilities against him without cause. He contrasted the quiet and friendly conduct of the Moors, who had traded for 600 years with Malabar, having never done injury to any in all that time, and had greatly enriched the country, and had raised his city of Calicut to be the greatest emporium in all the Indies: Whereas the Portuguese had taken and destroyed his ships, made his ambassadors prisoners, insisted on having their ships laden before those belonging to the Moors, had taken a ship of the Moors, burnt ten of his ships in his own harbour, had destroyed his city and forced him to escape for safety from his palace; taking law and vengeance for pretended grievances into their own hands, instead of applying regularly to him for redress. And, since the rajah of Cochin was fully informed of all these things, yet persisted in favouring the Portuguese in despite of all remonstrances, he had resolved to make war upon him, to deprive him of his dominions, and to drive these Christian intruders out of India.

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