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Mota, A. Teixeira da (Avelino Teixeira); Hair, P. E. H. (Paul Edward Hedley) / Jesuit documents on the Guinea of Cape Verde and the Cape Verde Islands, 1585-1617: in English translation




The material translated in this volume, although much of it has appeared
printed volumes, derives ultimately fram archives and libraries in Lisbon
Rome; and on behalf of the late Avelino Teixeira da Mota, who assembled the
documents, I wish to repeat his acknowledgement (made in our 1977 edition
Donelha, pp.8,58,60) of the public-spiritedness and courtesy of these
institutions in permitting the material to pass thus into the public domain.
wish also to repeat the thanks he gave to the respective archivists, librarians
and research assistants who in the 1960s and 1970s helped him to form a
collection of historical documentation on Guinea; and also to the institute
which he was Director (now the Centro de Estudos de Hist6ria e Cartografia
Antiga) and to the other bodies that supported his research. Although the
production of the present volume was funded entirely by myself, I wish to
acknowledge the financial support given to me in respect of earlier translations
of Guinea material, and also the support given to Admiral Teixeira da Mota
respect of the 1977 publication, by the Gulbenkian Foundation.
The items in this volume were typed over a period of fifteen years by a series
of secretaries in the Department of History, all of whom I now thank. Mrs
Thompson kindly undertook the spring-binding of the volumes. The photocopying
did myself - I much regret that it had to be done sometimes from poor second
copies and sometimes on a misbehaving machine.  My wife, Margaret Hair, did
sundry tidying up of the material and - bless her - ten continuous hours
collating on 29.1.1989. Finally, I thank the Department of History for
providing facilities and encouragement.
In the List of Documents -
item <6> for 13.4.1605 read 13.5.1605
item <8> for 15.5.1605 read 14.5.1605
item <23> add 'and a letter of 20.4.1607 of Sebastido Fernandes Caao'
item <24) for 20.4.1607 read c.1607
item <32> for 16.2.1609 read 12.2.1609
The Sunmary Chronology derives from fuller chronologies in Sources <13>
<17>. These require minor correction, as follows.
1607    two events in April without an exact date (baptism of King Pedro's
wives, Pedro visited by Filau) should be in May, after 'Alvares
arrives' and 'both to Caracore Island', since the account of the events
refers to 'us', i.e. Barreira and Alvares
1608    add  6.5.1608 Barreira discusses with Alvares an invitation to seek
bishopric of Santiago (A., f.120v, wrongly dated to 6.5.1609, since Rome
confirmed an appointment to the see in November 1608, B., p.310)

1609    delete the entry in Source <13> and follow the entry in Source


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