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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)

Part two: The Province of Sierra Leone, chapter 1: the name, situation and bounds of this province and the nature of the land,   pp. 1-18


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of limited experience assert that there is crystal. We may yet believe
these people, if they can convince us that it is found in the copious
streams which flow from the base of the Serra, for in such streams that
kind of stone may be found. In the same direction, the Serra meets the
kingdom of the Logos, whose lands are very large, and which borders in
the hinterland with the Fegnes, a very noble and rich people, and with the
Limbas, the Fulos and the Sousos; and in this direction the land stretches
on to Barbary.  On the South side is Magarabomba () a patrimony of the
crown of the Serra, a land full of little islands. Tausente Island is
famous, and from it stretch out the shoals of St. Anne with the well-known
Totos (Islands), which are four to five islets to the Southwest.   The
land possesses palm-groves, ivory and cola; gold is available, and there
is good water; the whole land is sandy. Its borders are the lands of a
certin hathn peple(c)
certain heathen people( ) called Baranas, who have great riches; and so it
(b) Magarabomba, a land full of idols.
(c) Beyond this island, the mainland carries on to Cape Mount, the capital
of this Province, whose   av;!ew is Daba or Bento Farma, a subordinate
of Mandimansa. At this cape Ludovico built his fortress, in order to
trade the gold of that great Province. For the shortest route is from
here, 40-50 leagues, which is not the case with that from Cantor, see
Chapter 1, Book 2. Next come the Coras, hinterland heathen, hill people
they trade country clothes and gold. Ivory they cannot carry away
there is plenty of it. This trade is not open to our people, Daba does
not permit it, since the heathen are very suspicious of foreigners. So
much so that if the Manes themselves were to come in European dress
they would flee. From here the land and the hinterland go on as far as
Mecca.


 


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