Fast Forward Calicut: Kallayi. The bustling nerve point of Calicut’s timber trade. This was once the second largest timber trading centre in Asia. Today, though some business does take place, hard times have fallen on the timber trade and Kallai is just a shadow of its past.
- Samoothiri now approached Kolathiri. The Portuguese had behaved contemptuously to the Muslims at Kannur, and so Kolathiri was thinking of teaching them a lesson. The king laid siege the St. Angelos fort at Kannur. But the Portuguese won this battle also, and Kolathiri was forced to plea for peace.
- 1507, November 14 – Portuguese under Almeida attacked Ponnani and indulged in all kinds of atrocities. The Portuguese were quite hostile to the Muslims.
- 1508 – Following Samoothiri’s requests, the Navy of Egypt managed to inflict defeat on the Portuguese navy.
- 1509 – Portuguese counter attacked Samoothiri’s forces and Egypt’s Navy. Egypt withdrew from the war. In the same year, Almeida went back to Portugal, and was succeeded by Albuquerque.
- 1513 – An agreement was signed between Samoothiri and the Portuguese. It gave the Portuguese right to build forts in Kozhikkode and to make trade deals as they wished. Samoothiri agreed to provide a portion of the toll from Kozhikkode port to the Portuguese, and in return he was promised all support in his wars against Kochi Raja and Kolathiri. Kochi Raja voiced his protest to the agreement but it went unheeded.
- 1515 – Albuquerque died at Goa.
- Attempt on Samoothiri’s life, which again created a rift with the Portuguese, and broke the peace.