The fate of those Jesuits who went by Zeila. The author arrives at the coast of Melinda.
Everybody was very desirous of seconding the zeal of our fathers, and of sending them the assistance they requested; to which we were the more encouraged, because the emperor's letters informed our provincial that we might easily enter his dominions by the way of Dancala, but unhappily, the secretary wrote Zeila for Dancala, which cost two of our fathers their lives.
As for us, who were to go by Zeila, we had still greater difficulties to struggle with: we were entirely strangers to the ways we were to take, to the manners, and even to the names of the nations through which we were to pass.
Those who were appointed for Zeila embarked in a vessel that was going to Caxume, where they were well received by the king, and accommodated with a ship to carry them to Zeila; they were there treated by the check with the same civility which they had met with at Caxume.
While doing their imperial conquests, the Portuguese were attacking Muslim dominated localities in the red sea region, for instance, as early as 1499 when Vasco Dagama bombarded the port of Mogadishu (Kerr 1824); Suarez's destruction of Zeila
in 1517 (Hozier 1869); and the sacking of Barbara in 1518 (Trimingham 1952).