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

Chapter 2. Other customs of these Jalofos. [translated text],   pp. 18-25 and 26

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of pwope hA    established himself in the interior, as far inland as
-   the Kingdom of the Grand Rao, ma    leagues (from the sea), and from
there he sends sch ivory to the Sanaga River to supply EDglish ships
which lie at anchor in the bay. They send their sloops to collect the
cargo in the Smnaga and the saw sloops unload bars of iron in the port
of Joala. This Portuguese adventurer went to the Kingdom of the Grand
Fbo on the orders of the Duke of Cacan, a powerful black who lives In
this part on the river Gambia, sixty leagues up from the sea. The Duke
sent his with his people, and at the court of the Grand Tub he manrried
one of the latter's daughters, by whom he had a daughter. When he wished
to return to the sea-ports his father-in-law gave him permission to bring
* her away with-him. His namsea Something Ferreira. He is a native of
(rato, and of Jewish stock. The blacks call him Gana2oga, which means,
In the language of the Beafares, a man who speaks all langurses', as
Indeed he does. So he can croes the whole of the hinterland of our Guinea,
(speaking to) whatever blacks there my be there. Because of the aid of
the adventurers, the trade of our English and French enemies goes on
inorasing, while our trade with these parts is on the way to complete
10.       The king who succeeded on the death of Budumel was his son, Amad
Nalique, who lives at Micalhor, the centre of this kingdom. He is as bad
as his father, because he is a bixirim. and does not drink wine or eat
pork, and Aakes his prayers like the Moors.  And therefore he.keeps
himelf so far inland, in order to be nearer these bixirins and Moors.
His son Mdhlao, who governs the sea-ports, because he receives visits
from our people at times, has more friendly relations with them than hiis
father has, or than his grandfather used to have.
11.       we hare not yet discussed the legal practices and the oaths in
these parts, but in one of the chapters which follows and which
discusses the kingdoms of the Barbacins ar  the kingdoms of bhe other


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