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

Chapter 18. How the Manes wished to conquer the land of the Soussos, who live beyond the Sapes in the interior, and what happened between them. [translated text],   pp. 36-42 and 43


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Nov the Nam   wished to cnoguw the land of the.
beyond the Sap" in the interior. AM    what haM!end b    ee  thes.
1. T    he Wanes had already conquered much of this land, laying it wast4.
and destroying it, in a way that brought fear on those who saw this
happening. The land was almost depopulated, -out of fear of the army oi"
an eeney who had made hieelf master over all. It seemed to those
watching that the Manes tackled nothing which they did not conquer and
destroy by means of their brutish animals (the Sumbas), whose stomachs m
were the burial-ground of the conquered. Having become masters of a
large part of the coast and many leagues into the interior, it remain.*
for the Manes to master the Souzos, who lived in a region stretching
beyond and around these nations (of Sapes),as already stated.   They    
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determined to conquer them so they sent ambassadors to them with the
usual presents of clothes and armr    When the arm  were examined, they
were just the same (as the Souzos' own), with no real difference betwe
them. The Souzos then sent their own weapons to the Manes, saying that
if the Manes wished to accept them as friends, they would be their     im
friends, and would enter into relations with them and undertake trade,
with them, as they had previously done with the Sapes; but that
otherwise they would not allow them to enter into their land . And tbfr
Sousos said that they had no intention of taking away from the Manes
the lands which they had conquered and seized from their (Sape) owners
2.       Faced with this reply, the Manes decided to march againt thou.
They made great preparations and assembled a large quantity of xilitary
equipment, and they took with them many of the people whom they had
conquered. It was often said that it was the largest aW     and the
collection of material that they had brought togethor sice the start-_
the conquest of the Sapes. They even had with then one of our peeple


 


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