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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

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bronze cannon that catch and harass eney ships, this port will
recain very secure and the said contract will not be lout. An a
loyal vassal I give this advice to Your Majesty since I believe
that this is what is beet for the service of God and the good
of Your Majesty'e treasury.
[The remainder of the text is in Spanish.] If the fortress
is built, an I suggest, and the nadres of the Society go there,
many will become Christians, and in the kingdonsw'ound about the
saue will happen, for they are a people who will receive the Holy
Gospel very easily, because they are heathens, and worship nothing
but sticks and atones, and are good-natured.
It will be of great profit to Your Majesty's treasury, and
especially because the number of blacks leaving Guinea will be
knowa accurately, something which has so far not been known,
since many have been despatched irregularly to escape (the duty),
but when there is a fortress this will be stopped, for in the fortress
the exact number that each person removes will be counted, which will
be of great advantage to Your Majesty.
Also the ships and boats which lie in that port in order to
take on supplies will be safe, under the protection of this fort,
from the many enemies who (in the past) have taken theo from the
pdst and robbed them.
The ships that take on supplies there buy and rent thatched
huts in order to keep their slaves ashore, so as to be able to
feed and sustain them. Each ship pays in rent for these huts
1,000 crusdoes, in the currency circulating in the Indies in silver(7),
which is not a good thing, to cover the period of time during which
the supplies are being taken on board. When there is a fortress,


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