By William Weir

ISBN-10: 1564144917

ISBN-13: 9781564144911

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Dias had skirmishes with the emirs of Mozambique and Mombassa, but he made an ally of the emir of Malindi. Then he crossed the Indian Ocean and landed at Calicut. Muslim merchants in Calicut induced its Hindu ruler to turn against the Portuguese, and Dias was lucky to escape and sail back to Portugal. Pedro Alvares Cabral led a second Portuguese expedition to Calicut. On the way to India, Cabral accidentally discovered Brazil. In Calicut, the Portuguese had more trouble with its ruler, and after helping the Rajah of Cochin, who was at war with Calicut, they returned to Portugal.

The Portuguese learned that there were riches to be had all the way to India. Their exploration was methodical. They explored 100 leagues a year, establishing trading posts and making treaties with native rulers as they moved south. The farther south they got, the farther they got from civilization, culminating in the Bushmen at the southern tip of Africa. "The inhabitants of this country are brown," wrote a sailor known as Old Alvaro, who accompanied Bartomeu Dias on the first Portuguese expedition to round the Cape and continue on to India.

Goods from China, India, and Persia ended up in Egypt, where they were shipped to Europe in Venetian bottoms. The Indian Ocean route was safe from the Europeans. To reach that ocean, the Christians would have to cross Muslim lands. The only other way would be to go around the whole continent of Africa—an unthinkable trip. Muslim rulers grew rich from the trade—especially the mamluk rulers of Egypt. Egyptian wealth aroused the envy of the Ottomans, a more recent influx of Turkish nomads who had founded an empire based on Anatolia.

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