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Almada, Andr Alvares d', fl. 1594, et al. / Brief treatise on the rivers of Guinea
Part I (1984)

Chapter 7. Which discusses the Arriatas and Falupos, the blacks who live to the south of Cape St. Mary. [translated text],   pp. 61-65


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not by their own people, but by their   ini;h-ars wfho have c '<;5red
thcem in wars . The Falupos began at the Shoa  of S~v Pedro and
cont:1.nue dowAn-coast. These are a different nation of blaclks, who
can rake themselves understood when talIing to the Papel blacks.
From Cape St. Mlary to Cape Roxo, which stans:. in 120, the distance is
25 leagues. About one league from Canve Roxc:-, - which is bare and
flat (?and) like the muzzle of an ox - one league from this, I
repeat, on the windward side, to the North, begins the bar of the
Cazanunsa River. WithinL this river, on both sides of the entrance,
live the Falupos. They are disturbed and kept in alarm by the
Mandingas, since the latter cquip very imposing war-canoes in the
Uarbia -iver, and froin this iiver tcavel down the coatst ii them,
attacking the Arriatas and Falupos who live between Cape St. Mary and
Cape Roxo. When the Mandingas began this war of conquest, they made
many prisoners, since they seized their victims in groups. (The
Arriatas and Falupos) were gathered together on beaches or beside
streams, eating fish or oysters, and when one party was captured the
others neither fled nor defended themselves. (But) experience has made
them more knowledgable now, so that they fight and defend themselves,
and kill and capture their (lMandinga) enemies.
3.       Inside the Cazamansa bar, on the North side of the river, are
found blacks colJed Jabundos, who speak the language of the Banhuns.
and they and the Banhuns can understand each other. The same under-
standing exists between them and the Casangas and Mandingas. On the
South side stretches the land of the Iziguichos, who are Banhuns, and
in this land there is trade in wax an, slaves. It:.is more thlan
twenty-five years since ships entered the bar of the Cazamansa, because
the blacks (on the lower river) went to war with the king of Oazamansa
up-stream and decided to forbid hin the use of the river-entry. They
imposed a blockade, and took several of our ships at the entrance,
the river being very narrow, and the bllacks having assembled ;ariy canoes


 


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