44. Excerpt from the inventory of the factory in Cochin, India.

National Archive of Torre do Tombo (Portugal)
Corpo Cronológico, Parte II, mç. 28, doc. 35, fol. 2r
PLACE OF DEPARTURE: Cochin (India)
GENERAL INFORMATION: Dated 1511.

The records selected from this inventory, the last three of folio 2r (below) and the first of folio 2r (not shown here), mention nine reams of paper in different sizes, one and a half reams of local paper (papel da terra) and 21 blank notebooks (livros de papel limpo), 16 of which came from Portugal whereas the other five appear to have been made locally (‘que se fizeram na terra’). This reference is very interesting and intriguing, since no other documents have been found on the purchase of local paper in Cochin (India), despite the well-known relevance of the Indian paper trade.

(Roger Lee de Jesus)