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

Chapter 6. Which discusses the other features of the Gambia River. [translated text],   pp. 52-59 and 60


Page 59 and 60

There is good sexia in this river, and with the root thly ianke
a medicine. But they have the superstitious belief t;hat if they eat
the senna itself, their mothers will die.
This river is soamewhat unhealthy, because it is completely
surrounded by hith trees: these prevent it being swept by winds and
therefore it has many gnats (mosquitoes) and flies.   The healthiest
place is the port of Casan, upstream 60 leagues, because the land is
open around the river: the i:ind is free to blow and the port has
pleasant breezes, and for this reason it is healthy. This town and
port is the chief trading place on the river.
60.


Variants to chanter 6
p.59, (6/2) note (f)
p.61, (6/4)   note  (e)
p.61, (6/4)   note  (h)
p.67, (6/16) note (d)


L reads  From the port of the trading
place for gold a ship can go up-stream
for four tides, but c-ainot pass further
because of a rock...
P reads ... 150 leagues
L reads ... 120 years ...
P reads  Eight or ten leagues from the
bar, above the port of a Faran called
Jaroale, an arm of the river called
Heretics' River penetrates to the land
of the Banhuns ...


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