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The city of Mocha


The city of Mocha

In 1616 Pieter van den Broecke was sent from the Indies to visit the Arabic peninsula again. On his way he visited the Sumatran west coast to obtain pepper and he made a stop at Ceylon. Afterwards he sailed on to the city of Mocha, but first passed by Shihir, where he had left people behind in 1614. He arrived at Mocha on 25 January 1617. Van den Broecke struck a very favorable trade deal with the local governor and was allotted a house where he flew the Dutch Republic’s flag. He travelled inland to Sanaa, where he met the Pasha of Yemen. Van den Broecke was unable to obtain permission for a permanent trade post in Mocha, but the trade agreement he made earlier was affirmed. He then returned to Mocha and departed with all his wares from the city on 7 July.

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Sources and literature

[Coolhaas, uitg. Van Linschoten Ver.], Pieter van den Broecke in Azië ([1963])