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

Chapter 16. Which discusses the Sumbas, called among themselves Manes; how they came, and the wars they made. [translated text],   pp. 24-31


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an in their small ships and boats travelled along streams and rivls,
near the eoeq arey   and took into their vessels may of those who fedm
from the fury of the enemy. And our smn hold then and made then
prisoners, and then proceeded to sell the, at the mouths of the rivers,
to the large sips which were unable to go where they had been.
12.      What they saw was a spectacle as striking as one could ever see.
For this arJ, since it brought provisions only for the Manes, and nineC
when the other soldiers ate rice and grain, the flesh which they ate    3
(with these) was human, - thus had slaughter-houses for people like those
for animal. As soon as they lacked food, the soldiers took uen and
killed them as if they were cows or sheep. Some men the Manes sold at
low price; and when they sold them, if our people refused(to buy), they
said that it was of no account, for if our people did not buy them th"lp
would eat them. The prisoners themselves clung to our people, asking
and begging them for the love of God to buy them. Often the Manes "aTel1
a slave for a belt, or for a red cap, or for a cloth which was then worth
at Cape Verde Island seven w!  teL,  Before the Manes saw our mn, oe "
night they arrived beside a river in which one of our boats was lying. y
It wL% hoping to obtain soame #come-aloag-ins*, as they called those who
were in full flight from the Sumbas. In this boat was a man who, duriny3
the night, played very ably on a flute. Hbearing the flutes the snow
cams down to the river, and called out to ask those on the boat what it U
was that made that sound, and if it was a thing from heaven or earth.
Those-aboard teplied that a man thore made the sound. The Mame asked
if they would sell him. Our aem replied, yes, and asked how many *1avS
they Yould give for him. They replied, one bundred slavee, and thwy
promised fifty imadiately. Our am laughed at them, saying that tai"
    U
am  was a white, and whites did not sell each other. Ther were not
like blacks.
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