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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

24,   pp. [unnumbered]-4 ff.

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There are 17 islands. They have a great abundance of the
foodstuffs of these parts, and are luxuriant because of the forests
and running waters. They have many groves of palm-trees, from which
quantities of wine and oil are gathered, also a fruit called chabeo.
/f.87/ In different parts there are many citrus-trees, and inland
many kinds of livestock. The lands are very fertile and rich, and
suitable for any crop, and everything grows most abundantly. The
blacks normally subsist on, and sow, milho of two or three kinds, and
funde, rice, and sesame. The lands by the sea have a great abundance
of fish. Much ivory and wax is available. On the beaches a large
quantity of ambergris can be found, but because it is not appreciated,
it is carried away again by the sea. To sum up, these lands are such
that their heathen inhabitants can subsist without cultivating them,
because of their productiveness. They have a great quantity of cola,
which the Moors and Turks greatly value, and each year two ships
(laden with cola) could be sent (to Barbary) for the ransoming of
captives, which would be much cheaper than using gold and silver.
1.  Written on f.87v in another hand    Information about Guinea and
letters from the kings of those parts, with other matters,
May 1607.


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