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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)

Of the Province of the Sousos: single chapter,   pp. 1-8 ff.


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Of the Province of the Sousos
SINGLE CHAPTER
Of the locality end its wealth, the quality and
industry of its inhabitants.   Discussion of its
government and customs.
The locality lacks nothing in comparison with the most healthy
localities in this Cuinea;   and all of these can with reason rather be
envious of it. The land stretches away to the north and it is made very
pleasant and delightful, not only by the variety of trees, but also by
the abundance of fast-flowing streams which make their way amongst them,
their waters breaking over rocks.   It is surrounded by mountains and
hills in )atez numbers, with an many valleys.  Not only is all the land 
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high and mountainous, with great ranges, but it also has some passes whicilt
are so high and steep that they can only be climbed with great difficulty.
In sorme parts the vegetation is so dense and the brushwood so thick that
.hey are Impenetrable, etc.                                             
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As for its fertility, this is sufficient to sustain life and provide
daily rations;  the land is suitable for all kinds of seeds. Nowadays it
grows rice, milho and funde;   and such vegetables as pumpkins, beans,  
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macarras, yemtis and potatoes.  Goats are raised, as are cows, which the
Fulos drive, also some sheep, although these are few, and hens.    Its
wild animals are gazelle, buffalo, pangles, kelimas, which look like a
black goat but are bigger, wild boars, porcupines, wolves, lions, tigers,
etc.  Among the smaller animals jarious snake   includingtaxne ones of
Gambia already mentioned, which are speckled in different colours.    Its
birds include parrots, ducks, peacocks, etc.;and there are also monkeys.
Its fruits are manipolos,foles, and two kinds of plums, one kind which is
roundlike our white plums,and the other kind long, like Saragossa plums.
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The common trade is in their white cloths, which they call cates; and
in some gold which comes by way of the Fulos and Mandingas; in ivory    
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because there are plenty of elephants; and in a few slaves, the occasional
cowq1goats, and rice. They buy this merchandise with salt, iron and
various other /f.133v/ goods, such as protective clothing, precious stones


 


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