This part of the Guinea coast was made known by the Portuguese voyagers of the 15th century.
Our arctic voyagers - Sir E.
According to tradition the islands were first peopled by Arab voyagers driven thither by tempests.
Martaban is frequently mentioned by European voyagers of the 16th century; and it has given the name of "Martavans" to a class of large vessels of glazed pottery, also known in India as "Pegu jars."
Confirmation of this is afforded by the occurrence in the mountains of Java of a pariah-like dog which has reverted to an almost completely wild condition; and likewise by the fact that the old voyagers met with dogs more or less similar to the dingo in New Guinea, New Zealand and the Solomon and certain other of the smaller Pacific islands.