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Alvares, Manuel, 1526-1583, et al. / Ethiopia Minor and a geographical account of the Province of Sierra Leone : (c. 1615)
(1990)

Ethiopia Minor: a geographical description of the Province and Kingdom of the Jalofo Heathon, part I, chapter I: the location and fertility of the land, and the nature and occupations of its inhabitants,   pp. [unnumbered]-14 ff.


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Ethiopia Minor
A Georapthica_ T)escrintion of the Province and Kingdom of the
Jalofo Heathen
PART I
Chapter   I
The location and fertility of the land, and the nature and
occupations of its inhabitants.
The famous Province of the Jalofo runs from the Senegal
River, which lies in 160 or so and has the Fulos beyond it on the
NE side, as far as Porto de Ale. It has a total length of 92 Wagues,
according to the rhumb of the nautical needle. The river, which
makes its way eastward into the interior for a great number of
leagues, is one of three which originate in and are fed by Lake Meotis.
Since our topic leads us first to Senegal, that is, to its fast-
flowing river, it would not be right to undertake a discussion of
the sources of the   other streams until we have revealed to the
-curious the courses of those of the Senegal.    This way there passes
(a)
the regular commerce of the North-Europeans,      who are not content
with Senegalts gun-arabic which they come here chiefly to lay hands
on, anchoring at the bar of the river because of its shoals, but who
(also) carry off a large quantity of ambergris which is found along
the African coast as far as the castle of Arguin, by dealing with
the Fulo heathen and transporting it in launches, which they build,
in the port mentioned, for this and for similar trade in ivory, hides,
and various other commodities. And that is enough on this /f 2v/
river.
(a) The king of Ancalhor, the most powerful lord of Cape Verde,
accepts much from foreigners, etc.


 


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