The Biography of the Sultans of Kilwa

92 the west coast of India where they built a base for them there in Goa. On the 25th of Sha'ban 905 AH (12 February, 1500 CE), a Portuguese canon ship coming from Portugal and heading for India, was stranded opposite Kilwa. The difference in the tides in the Indian Ocean that day was about three meters, which caused the ship to run aground. The stranded ship was under the command of Pedro Alvares Cabral and piloted by Sancho de Tovara. It was carrying 100,000 gold Ducats weighing 354 KG. The men on board of the ship sought the assistance of the Kilwa locals who responded positively and helped the Portuguese sailors unload the boxes of gold coins and ship canons. With such a huge weight off the ship and