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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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anid a few coins, if they find any of these t'. s there. Tho clothes
of these mzerchlants are the same Idlnd as thos.s of the 1,andingas; the
clothes of the guards who coon with them are 61..fferent, being large
tunics and baggy trousers whose width continuins to more thak a hand-span
below the knees, then they narrow like boots - d cover the whole leg.
They fix many feathers on their tunics, and 1n the caps they wear.
They carry short swrords like the other blacks, and two knives, one in
the belt and the other attached to the upper 1) ft arm. The arrows
they carry are short and the bows small. They say that they prefer
these because (the arrows) are of no use to their enemies who have large
bows, while the arrows of their enemies are of use to them. Although
their blowa are anklel, they shoot arrows accurately. They also carry
spears and very strong shields made of poles arid reeds.


 


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