East Indies: May 1606

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, East Indies, China and Japan, Volume 2, 1513-1616. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1864.

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May 1606

May 10/20.
349. Hugh Lee to Salisbury. Fear of the Hollanders has caused the stay of three caracks already laden for the East Indies, which have since discharged their treasure and goods, so that none shall go there this year. News that five caracks laden in the East Indies were ready to sail for Lisbon; also of the arrival of four English ships in England richly laden from the East Indies, “which discontenteth this people very much to hear.” [Extract from Correspondence, Portugal.]
May. 350. “Relation of the success of the Hollanders in the East Indies.“ Seizure of a carack on the coast of Mozambique, which they burnt, after taking her lading and artillery, notwithstanding the Portugals offered a large sum of money to save her. Amity contracted with the Samorin or Emperor of Goa. Their course towards Bantam and Ambon, a great city with a strong castle, inhabited by 3,000 Portuguese, which the Hollanders took after besieging it, and have since fortified the castle; they have also taken the castle of Fidore [Tidore], where they burnt two caracks. Many other small ships, laden with all kinds of merchandise, taken by them in their voyage. Two of their ships arrived in the Sleeve, one held to be worth 150,000 (sic). They met with four English ships in distress upon the coast of Bantam, and refreshed them with men and all necessaries. [One page and a half. Holland Corresp.]
[May.] 351. Noel de Caron to Salisbury. Similar account to the preceding of the Hollanders’ success in the East Indies. Could not rest without immediately imparting the news to him, being sure that the King will not begrudge them their successes, which has spread universal joy throughout the United Provinces, and will give them better courage to repel the efforts making by the enemy against them this year. [French. Two pages. Holland Corresp.]