8th-9th of November, 1521

[8 November: Trinidad and Victoria enter the harbour of Tidore, most important of the five principal Moluccas, which include Ternate, Motir, Makian, and Batjan.]

[9 November: The Europeans are received at Tidore by the Sultan Manzor, who declares that he and all his people wish to become vassals of the emperor Charles V.]

[137] Three hours before sunset on Friday, 8 November, 1521, we entered into a harbour of an island called Tidore, and anchoring near the shore in twenty fathoms we fired all our artillery. The next day, the king came to the ships in a prau, and circled about them once. We immediately went to meet him in a small boat, in order to show him honour. He made us enter his prau and seat ourselves near him. He was seated under a silk awning, which sheltered him on all sides. In front of him was one of his sons with the royal sceptre, and two persons with two gold jars to pour water on his hands, and two others with two gilded caskets filled with their betel.

The king told us that we were welcome there, and that he had dreamt some time ago that some ships were coming to Molucca from remote parts; and that for more assurance he had determined to consult the moon, whereupon he had seen the ships were coming, and that we were they. Upon the king entering our ships all kissed his hand. Then we led him to the poop, and in order to enter there, he would not stoop, but climbed in [through a small door] from above. We had him sit down in a red velvet chair, and we clothed him in a yellow velvet robe made in the Turkish fashion. In order to show him greater honour, we sat down on the ground near him.

[138] Then when all were seated, the king began to speak and said that he and all his people desired to always be the most loyal friends and vassals to our king of Spain, that he received us as his children, and that we could go ashore as if in our own houses; for from that time forward, his island was to no longer be called Tidore, but Castile, because of the great love that he bore our king, his lord. We made him a present that consisted of the robe, the chair, a piece of delicate linen, four cubits of scarlet cloth, a piece of brocaded silk, a piece of yellow damask, some Indian cloth embroidered with gold and silk, a piece of white berania (the linen of Cambay), two caps, six strings of glass beads, twelve knives, three large mirrors, six pairs of scissors, six combs, some gilded drinking cups, and other articles; to his son we gave an Indian cloth of gold and silk, a large mirror, a cap, and two knives; and to each of nine other principal men, a silk cloth, caps, and two knives; and to many others caps or knives, giving presents until the king told us to stop.

[Chart of the island of Tarenate (Ternate), Giailonlo (Gilolo: Halmahera), Maitara (Mutir) with the scroll: ‘All the islands represented in this book are in the other hemi- sphere of the world at the antipodes’ (XVI)]

[Chart of the islands of Molucca including Pulongha, Tadore (Tidore), Mare, Mutir (Motir), and Machiam (Makiam) with the scroll: ‘Cavi gomode, that is, the Clove tree’ (XVII)]

[139] After that he declared to us that he had nothing else except his own life to send to the king his sovereign, and that we were to approach nearer to the city, and that whoever came to the ships at night, we were to kill with our muskets. In leaving the poop, the king would never bend his head. When he took his leave we discharged all our artillery. That king is a Moor and about forty- five years old, well built, of a regal bearing, and an excellent astrologer. At that time he was clad in a shirt of the most delicate white stuff with the ends of the sleeves embroidered in gold, and in a cloth that reached from his waist to the ground, and he was barefoot. Around his head he wore a silk scarf and over that a crown of flowers; and he was called Rajah Sultan Manzor.

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