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Almada, André Alvares d', fl. 1594, et al. / Brief treatise on the rivers of Guinea
Part I (1984)

Chapter 1. Which discusses the Jalofo blacks, who are the first (to be met in Guinea) and the nearest to us; and their customs and laws. [translated text],   pp. 4-17


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Chapter 1
Which discusses the 1 tlofo blacks,-. ho are t~ first (to be met
in Giiine-i) aid the 'ar2st o us; ,nd thgeir    tV1u114S
1.       The first blacks, those nearest to us, are the Jalofos, who
start on the South side of the Saniga (Senegal) id.ver; and this
river separates them from the Alarves, who are on the other side
of the river, the North side.
2.       These Jalofos stretch along the South bank of this river,
up-stream and into the hinterland, until they meet the Fulos
Galalhos, called by our people Gagos, though they ought to siy
Galalhos, which is their true name.   ALl this l-nd is sandy, with
few trees and little water, and the water is found only in deep wells.
3.      The Kingdom of the Jalofos used to be very large, and was
subject to a very powerful and great kIng, who was like ;ui emperor
among this nation, and when they spoke of hi-m they called hirt the
Grand Jalofo.   He had other kings (under him)   ho gave him obedience
and paid tribute.   But as Time has the habit of thrwo,4nr  do..n some
and raising up others, often from nothing, so it was -with this enpCror
of the Jalofos. From being very great and much feared and widely
obeyed, he saw Time reduce him to being siiill and subject to the
King of the Galalhos, the Grand Pulo, Whom he did not fear, indeed
whom he fought many tines and defeate.    f He was ovcrt'r wn, though
not totally, in the following way, according to what the oldest
blacks of these parts relate.
4.      When this king was very powerful, he sent certain captains to
seaside places on the coast in order to take charge of the
administration (of each), the Lingdosa beinl very large.  Tf-cse captains
and governors who came to govern Lamb ja and the othor sc, -Ports were
hLis slaves.  Swoopng the crp.ptains was one from the lVn>-g- - the
Bullvrlelss which co"rrespon'C1s to i lic *of !b 1A li- t  A


 


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