Ibn Battuta Journey to Yemen
Rachel Rosenberg, Michael
The city of Zabid had luxurious gardens, with many streams and fruits
such as bananas. The town is very large and populous with palm groves,
orchards, and it is known and the most beautiful town in Yemen. It is in
the interior, not the coast, and it is one of the capital cities of the country.
The people are very nice and welcoming. Every Saturday the people of
Zabid hold a picnic and every single member of the town goes to this
event. Every person has a role at this picnic and Ibn Battuta went to this
picnic and had a lovely time.
Ibn Battuta traveled from the town of Zabid to the town of Ta'izz, the
capital of the king of Yemen. It was one of the largest and finest towns
that consisted of people that were overbearing, insolent, and rude, as
is generally the case in towns where kings reside. Also, this town is
made up of three quarters and the principal market.
Ibn Battuta set out for the town of San'a', which was the former
capital. It was a populous town built of brick and plaster, with a
temperate climate and good water. The whole town of San'a’ is
paved, so when the rain falls it washes and cleans all the
Ibn Battuta then traveled to 'Aden, the port of Yemen and is on the coast
of the ocean. Aden has no crops, trees, or water. But it has reservoirs in
which rainwater is collected. It is an extremely hot place. It is the port of
the Indians, and to it come large vessels from Kinbayat [Cambay],
Kawlam [Quilon], Calicut and many other Malabar ports, which is located
on the south-west coast of India. There are Indian and Egyptian
merchants living there. Its inhabitants are all either merchants, porters,
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