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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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with its own storehousea inside, the blacks will be safe from
enemies, for often they have been burned because they vere (only)
within thatched huts, and the shipowners will be willing to pay
this amount of money and sore to have their slaves and property
safe in the fort.
On Santiago Island, because it is an island, it han often
happened that it has failed to rain, and because there has been
great hunger there, its inhabitants have left it and gone to
thin port on the mainland. If there were a fortress there,
there is no doubt that it would be a fine place, because it has
ample provisions.
Again, as soon an the Portuguese find out that His Majesty
is taking account of this land and building a fortress, mines
of gold and silver that tbe blacks ay are there will be dis-
covered. At the moment no-one cares to go inland to seek them,
except blacks, so that the trade in gold is what the blacks
busy themselves with in order to have an exchange-trade (with
Wax and ivory are available in large quantities, but all
benefite our enemies, the French, Flemings, English and Jews,
who come there from Holland. They have houses in the port of
Balli, a port of Cape Verde, which is a great disservice to God
and His Majesty.
There is also a mountain of crystal. If one cared to remove
it, it would load Manx eships.
Once the fort is built, they will pay much sore for the
contract when His Majesty orders it to be leased, because their
buildings and property will be safe. Many other consequences will


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