Mocha was a frequent port of call in the 19th century and there are many travel accounts of the town. One of these was written by Rochet d’Hericourt about his 1839 trip down the Red Sea from Egypt to Ethiopia. He paid 20 silver Maria Theresa thalers to sale to Mocha in seven days. The population was estimated by the author at the time as between 4,000 and 5,000. His description, written in French, is interesting and is provided below. His entire text is available on archive.org.