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

Chapter 15. How they create a king in the land of the Sapes, and the ceremonies involved, and how they invest solateguis, who are the noblemen. [translated text],   pp. 14-22 and 23

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of salagueta spice, which bums and stain   like saffron. The people in
these parts are able to make many boats, since there is mach wood which
i very suitable for this purpose. A large quantity of foodstuffs is
available here, in the form of clean rice and rice in the bhuks, an   o O
.ilho called 'white nil  '.   And there is such wax and ivory, and cola,"
which is the chief coumodity of trade from here to River Gamia and to
the other rivers of Guinea; it is produced on trees as chestnuts are, 1Dbf
spineless bur.   Iron is found in the land;  and gold, which is also a
trade-comodity in these districts.
9.       Twenty five leagues South from Cape Verga are the Idols, which are
throe islands, oue of them inhabited and with a king. The land is hilly
and covered with trees, including palm-trees,and is cooled by stream  of"
water. The blacks go from this island to the uninhabited islands to msJake
their farms.  The islands are called the Idols because when (the Portugmwi,
went there for the first tins they found wooden figures and idols called"
china belonging to the blackss, which they used to reverence.
10.       Facing the Scarcies River (Rio de Case) is another island called
Tamara. Facing Cape Joyous, the headland of Serra Leoa, are two islands'
called the Wild Islands;  they are fresh-lookidg, with many streams, and
have orange-trees, citron-trees, lemon-trees, sugar-canes, bananas and  4
large muuber of palm-trees, from which the blacks draw *ura. their wine.
These are little islands. As one passes over the sea near Serra Leoa, S
great roaring noises can be heard. It nast be the sea, it seem, which
on this coast beats on the land and makes an echo ring out, since it is
heard by those who pass by, while those on lani hear nothing. And trulyl5
it mUst be the sea, together with some thunder-claps.


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