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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)

Chapter 13: Reasons for the impact of this army of Manes, its marching order and its ceremonial,   pp. 1-6


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Chapter 13
Reasons for the impact of this army of Manes, its marching order and
its ceremonial
Mandimansa gave the bow (of command) to Sampos, whose general was
Feraguira, and to Farma, who were Manes of the coast. He gave another
bow to Manomassa, who gave it to Fera Messera, who was from the interior.
Farma conquered on the sea coast (the ?) Kerefo, Cubes, Cubales, and
Apermes : Tora was one of the latter. Feraguira gave all the territory
extending from the Kerefos as far as Serra Leoa to Mabete as a dowry,
because he gave him his daughter. Mabete was one of the Manes. Ma
means 'lady', bete tthe white Guinea garden-egg plantt. His
descendants today are those who receive tribute (rom) the provinces and
countries which the Manes possess. I have dealt with this point first,
so as to make reference to the army and to the ruler from whom the
generals received 'their command. I hav;r mentioned Fera Messera for a
reason that will appear later. Now I can deal with the subject of the
chapter in more detail. The initial reason why this people migrated
was, they say, because there was no room for them in their own native
land. ) They left it to seek out new lands and to discover new
horizons, so that they could expand. (But) whoever is acquainted with
this people and knows their courage and their desire to immortalise
themselves will affirm that a second reason was their thirst to extend
their fame, and without doubt this was what caused them to take up the
difficult undertaking of discovering new worlds. Either reason is
credible. The starting place for their army, the point at which this
people emerged on their march, was the Cape of Good Hope, at 340 South.b)
(a) The conquest by the Manes, their lengthy journey, and the labours
of this people brought out and revealed the natural valour and
noble spirit of all of them,in their determination to extend the
fame of their name, but together with this, the greed of their
leader.
(b) More or less.


 


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