The Biography of the Sultans of Kilwa

36 replied, "providing that the price be that you surround the entire island with colorful fabrics." He continued. Sultan Ali accepted and ordered that the island be surrounded in fabric of all colours. When this was done, the African man collected all the fabrics, handed the island to Sultan Ali, and left to Mitole. However, he had intended to return secretly with his men to kill the Sultan and everyone else with him, seize their possessions and take back the island. The Muslim interpreter warned Sultan Ali, saying; "This man loves his island, and he will certainly return to plunder your wealth and kill you all. You must come up with a plan to foil his attempt." To be on the side of caution, Sultan Ali's