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Mota, A. Teixeira da (Avelino Teixeira); Hair, P. E. H. (Paul Edward Hedley) / Jesuit documents on the Guinea of Cape Verde and the Cape Verde Islands, 1585-1617: in English translation
(1989)

Appendix: the context of the Sierra Leone mission 1605-1650,   pp. 132-140 ff.


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1611 - 1612


When the Portuguese failed to fulfil their
promises to send ships and settlers to
Sierra' Lone, there ma a reaction againnt
Chraitianity (Alvares IS, f. 56v). The
Jeouit document in Spenish of c. 1612
'reported that PAP rewined in posnonpion and
tht Ju~risdiotion  as being exercised on his
behalf,- but it suggested that the king should
rteume the gnant, by, agreInemt with PAP, end
tbat the organisatior iof the settlenent at:
Sierra Leone should be entrusted to the Jesuits
('Anon. Jesuit papers, . 3).


1613 _ 1616    Representatives of PAP arrived in Sierra Leone
inoluding Father Frei Toto Pereirn and at least
Quaone othar.A u     ti far, and on the uarface
at 0   least Alwres sems to have bad amicable
relations with them. In a letter of 13.3.1616
(OuTT, Cart. Jes.,.maco. 6b, no. 387, transcript
shown me ~by A. Teixeira da 11cta), Gomes
referred to la youth.... one of those who went
to Sierra Leone in the company of Frei Joob
Pereira, the relative of Pedro Alvarea, who came
here when robbed.- ;He can give Your Reverence
clear inforation about what has happened here
and give nem of Fattier Lanoel Alvyreno .  It in
not clear what this tells us about the
Augustinian misnion or the situation of Alvares
in:Sierra Leone.
27.6.1617      In a letter of this date, and writing before he
:knows about the death of Avlares, Games makes
a final reference to PAP. The friars have
left again. 'An for Sierra Leone, it will
continually decline in importance unless the
King takes it waiy from the person toawhom he
granted iit' (1Itwaio 4, p. 616).
30.5.1627      Arguing againat the continuance of the CVI
mission, Gomes includes a reference to the
inconstancy of GuineasChriatians who Ireturn
with ease to their heathen rites, an we notably
experienced in Sierra leone' (Brasio 4, p. 192).


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