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Almada, André Alvares d', fl. 1594, et al. / Brief treatise on the rivers of Guinea
Part I (1984)

Chapter 5. Which discusses the Kingdom of Gambia, otherwise called the Kingdom of Cantor, which is the Kingdom of the Mandingas, and of great extent. [translated text],   pp. 42-51


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the river they .c unable to seize or harm any creetlie.   (Facly ire
d:aln7erous) only in places where they can strige their tail into tahe
ground, for if they canrunot do this they lack the power to do any-hing.
There is no risk except alon, tlhe shorc, where the river has little
depth. So malny crocodiles Live in this river and the? do so much
darmage, that the blacks in the settlements they inhabit have the
practice of building within the river a fenced epnlosure, which acts
as a ramparta  (¶rdTithin this,) they can water their stock in safety
and
wash and draw water, where otherwise they would run great risk (of
being seized).
8.       ~Up this river, on one side or the other, are many kidngs, twenty
leagues or less separating one from another; but there are other kings
with large territories, and (even) emperors among them called Farin.
9.        The clothes they wear, thb arms they carry, and the oaths they
take are like those of the Jalofos and Barbacins. The slaves which they
own and sell are enslaved either in war, or by the courts, or else by
being kidnapped, for they go about robbing one place 6r another, being
great thieves. (As a result) they sell large numbers of slaves.
(But Christians are) forbidden to buy from these blacks slaves which
have been kidnapped. It has been known here in Guinea, (especially)
in this river and in the Rio Grande, for the blacks to bring certain
slaves to sell to our people, and when our people refused to buy them,
because this is forbidden, the blacks who brought them and offered K ,
for sale killed them on the spot, so that (their kidnapping of them)
would not be discovered. I am not sure that it would not have been
better to have bought them, since this w-ould have meant thnt they
received baptism and became CHristians. (However) I do not meddle
further in this business, for it involves points (of mi-al law) which
I am not competent to determine.


 


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