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Alvares, Manuel, 1526-1583, et al. / Ethiopia Minor and a geographical account of the Province of Sierra Leone : (c. 1615)

Chapter 4: The town of Cacheu, a place of treasure, and the condition of its population,   pp. 1-8

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understanding of right and woong, without respect for anything other than
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their own appetites, and are the very spawn of hell.       When the epithet
'infamous' is heard in this midden of the world, for a midden undoubtedly
exists in this Ethiopia of ours, it is as appropriate for these people as
it is far-fetched, even at the most malicious, for the noble Christian
spirit of the worthy and most devoted soldiers of the Lady of Victory, her
sons, a spirit which is the glory of the court of the Queen of Angels.
This will suffice to indicate the character of the vassals of Mary, Our Lady.

Now let us discuss the size of the population.   The settlement
shelters some 1,500 persons, counting together Portuguese and natives of
Santiago Island, of whom about 500 or so are fighting men. Some of these
persons have truly deserved well from the point of View of this river, but
no less do they deserve well from the royal munificence, because of the
services which in peace and war they have performed, for God and His
MXjesty, in company with the slaves each possesses and with their various
ether retainers, including certain natives who put more trust in us than
in their own parents and relatives.   For reasons of self-interest (e)-the
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abominable idol/of Ethiopia - these natives are attached to us to such an
extent that at every opportunity they extend help and loyalty in such a
natural fashion that it is astonishing. This has been the case when wars
with their own people have occurred. In 1590 there was a very sharp war.
This was in the time of that apostolic man, the Reverend Father Frei
Cipriano of the order of Our Lady of Carmel,(f) who was endowed by the Lord
no less with singular heroic virtues than with great zeal for the conversion
(d) An non viae eorum viae inferni ?-Proverbs 7:9; Book of Wisdom 2:5,
E[Are not their ways the ways to hell ?   perhaps misquotation of
Proverbs 7 : 27 .-7
(e)  Self-interest, the encompassing idol-of ignorant men.
(f) Frei Cipriano, the Visitor, a notable musician : he brought the
image of Our Lady of Victory copied from that of the Carmel at
Lisbon, he built the church and hospital, he adorned everything.

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