This part of the Guinea coast was made known by the Portuguese voyagers of the 15th century.
Our arctic voyagers - Sir E.
These, however, like others of the period, did not greatly extend the knowledge of the Pacific islands, for the course between the Spanish American and Asiatic possessions did not lead voyagers among the more extensive archipelagoes.
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."