Journal of Antonio Pigafetta

5th-6th of December, 1521

Thursday and Friday we purchased a good many cloves both in the city and at the ships at a much lower price, as the time of our departure grew nearer. For four ells of riband[244] they gave a bahar of cloves, for two little chains of brass which were worth a marcello,[245] they gave us a hundred pounds; and at last each man being desirous of having his portion of the cargo, and as there were no more goods to give in exchange for cloves, one gave his cloak, another his coat, and another a shirt or other clothes to obtain them.