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

Chapter 7. Which discusses the Arriatas and Falupos, the blacks who live to the south of Cape St. Mary. [translated text],   pp. 61-65


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with wh.ich they attacked our ships. )eor tbis realson, we do not m--Oe use
of this rivnr or go this way (to the land of Cazamausa), but instead go
by Sto Dom:ingos, as will be described later.
4.       The trriatas occupy the land near the sea on this stretch of coast,
and after them, further down the coast, the Falupos (do the same) .
Behind these peoplcs, the Jabundos and Banhuns live in the hinterland,
and behind them the Casangas. Beyond the Casangas, the MLandingas are
like a surrounding wall, and they extend from behind these nations and
the Buramos (Southward) to where they are neighbours on the hinterland
side of the Beafares, as will be told in due course.
5.       Coming back to the Falupos, who live on the coast in 12° 0these
are very dark blacks.  They go about naked, wearing (only) goat-skins
or woven palm-leaves. They spend their time drawing wine from palms,
attending to their fields, and fishing. They are great breeders of
stock, and have many cows and goats in their land. They have absolutely
no trading relations with us. Their territory extends to the bar of the
Sao Domingos River; and though they are a wild people, they are very
experienced boatmen in this estuary, which they navigate continually in
their own canoes. If one of cur ships enters the river and does not
steer carefully into the right channel, they are alerted    If it
happens to run aground, they come out to attack it; and at night-time
they cut its ropes, so that it runs ashore., All of our people whom they
captured /hen ships were wrecked, They used to i@) without trying to
sell them (for money) or exchange them (for goods). (However,) these
blacks and the Buramos understand each other, and our people live ir the
land of the Buramos, so now by means of the Buramos, exchanges of those
captured are arranged, and the Falupos no longer kill them. The
Buramos go to buy the captives in the howeland of the Faluno blacks.
If these contacts were pursued, the Falupos might be tamed completely,


 


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