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

Prologue,   pp. 1-2


Page 2

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3.       The kingdoms of the blacks are so many that, though their
language and customs are different, in any space of twenty leagues or
less there are two or three nations mixed up with each other, and
hence they have some common understanding. Further, the kingdoms,
some small and some large, are subject one to another, hence their laws
and judicial oaths -CU approximate to each other. (Because of these
points in common), ind since many nations must be discussed, it will
not be necessary to make a (full) statemcnt iojut each, but only
necessary to speak truthfully about relations between the kingdoms, and
about their trade and suce matters, because otherwise they are almost
alike. Nor does it seem to me to be necessary to extend this prologue,
since I propose to write :about eaIch nation (hereafter), and wvLit I have
declared (in general) here seems to be enough. But when I come to discuss
the kingdoms and nations, I shbIl give -ill the information required, in
the most orderly manner, and therefor , is h-s been said, no more is
necessary.
A.       May those who read this ,-ork 8ain from my writing what I intended,
since I have sought to learn much, in order to tell much. And what I
say will be the truth.


 


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