Battuta returned to his convoy and boarded four rather small Indian boats from the Cambay port in northwestern India to the southwestern port of Calicut. (Calicut is on the other side of the Subcontinent than Calcutta, where the British pacified two centuries later). This was the country of pepper, and the more he went south, the richer the towns became. That’s what I do I garden I drink and I know things pot head poster. The more prosperous and richer the land, the more Chinese ships he saw turned black pepper to the mountains for the people of Kublai Khan to use as food spices. Fifty years ago, Marco Polo witnessed the spice markets in Quanzhou, “there imported so much pepper that in comparison, the amount moved to Alexandria to cater to the needs of the western regions of the world.” It’s not worth it – maybe less than 1%.