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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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BBASmX 4, 63
(ARN, Pape la de Jeauitas, ma. 185)
My Lord,
Captain Sebaatio Fernandes Caaso, cavaleiro do abito de
Chrito, representative ia thia court, states that he has served
Your Majesty for more than forty years, living on the River. of
Cape Verde, and from the gamt experience he has of theae regions
he nays that it would be of great service to Your Majesty'&
treasury if a fort were built on the Rivers of Sao Domingos, at
the port of Cacheo, the site of the feitoria and the point of
depatch for ships bound for Portugal ad all other parts. For
this port is the beat equipped for repairing and emptying (?)
in bulk (?) thea. ehips. Apart from thin, a fort would be a
great advantage for the local residents, since they would be
able to defend themselvee against the French and Flemish enemies.
Also the Bigagogos, who have destroyed twelve kingdoam which are
now depopulated, would not be able to harm them, and those people
who have retreated inland will return to seek refuge at the fortress.
It could be built at very little expense and would be situated in an
area where provisions are very cheap. In this way the said contrato
will be able to be naintainedi and the timber repairs, which are
continually being mad.1 will not be necessary. The attacks which
are continually being made by the Bigagogon, burning houses and
crops (?), will be prevented; and when there is a fort all will
be safe and the settlement will be populated again. Your Majesty
will save on guns, since even if there are m7 *ore than thirty


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