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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 17: The state of the province after the conquest, and how the members of the Society of Jesus entered the province,   pp. 1-3


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Chapter 17
The state of the Province after the conquest, and how the members of the
Society of Jesus entered the Province
At the end of a journey lasting ten years, for the conquest took this
length of time, the soldiers, tired by their long march, chose this Serra,
to settle in and to lead the way of life which this group still maintainf1|
after 75 years of continuing peace, during which they have adopted in th
entirety the customs of the natives. They trade with all kinds of foreign
ers, acquiring basins, cloth of different kinds, beadsa) and salt - theit


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own being limited - and the merchants take away cola, which is very i IVtlJ


valuable, ivory and the other rare and scarce goods which, as I have said,
this country produces. For it is fertile out of malice, its most commonf
product, which is available at the expense of finer goods of altogether |
greater value, that is, the human soul.
The world, the flesh, and the devil, the first with its falsehood a
lies, the second with its vileness, the third with its idolatry, have ma|
this place a hell on earth. The Society of Jesus found the Province in t4i
state in the --,r ,f Ou Lord 1605. HrCir," Ris.maIL-pA  t its ci.ef


which today we call the Port of St. Michael, the Society began there and
then to direct the earliest rays of divine illumination and the splendour
of the Gospel faith so that they aroused the interest of the savage kings
Here the glorious Archangel, in honour of his true master, and as if rep
the honour given to himself when his angelic name was given to the port in
which the holy-Society had first landed its heavenly merchandise, went  
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battle with the licentious Goliath, the prince of darkness.    The ambassa4l
of heaven (sc. Barreira) had great confidence that all these kingdoms wo
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respond with great and very joyful acceptance of the living and true faith,
in view of the very certain and almost infallible signs of its progress.i
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The apostle counted among these the very fervent desires of Bure, which
he was able to attribute to the happy progress of the religion of the
Saviour.  These were his hopes, based on these early and important founds
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ations /f.91v/.   The Lord showed himself liberal towards Bure, this being
the name of the tyrant.   The Divine Spirit touched him with very great
power and impelling vehemence, to as great an extent as the padre could
incite, so that he displayed extraordinary fervour which astonished the
(a)  Precious stones from the East, alaqueca and brandil.    And cosouro
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which the heathen use in their gewsgaws, hanging it from their
necks, and from their hair and beards, as Old Farma used to do.       ,


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