47. Description of Persia by Khwâjè Pir Qoli

Biblioteca Municipal de Elvas (Portugal)
Ms. 381, fol. 100v

This document contains a brief description of Persia, indicating routes and distances between cities and a short overview of the conflicts between the Persian ruler (Shah Tahmasp I) and his neighbours. It is therefore a heterogeneous record that combines cartography, history and current news. The author is a Persian merchant who served as an intermediary and interpreter between the Portuguese Estado da Índia and several local rulers. This document is part of a collection of 25 similar texts produced during the government of D. João de Castro (1545–48) to assist his rule and military operations.

(Roger Lee de Jesus)