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

Chapter 9. Which discusses the Kingdom of the Buramos, and their trade and customs. [translated text],   pp. 76-[95]


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back and with great lengths of wood in its trunk beats against the tree
in a great rage. But when the poison reaches its heart, it feels ill
and goes off into the forest and dies there. The black hunter follows
the trail of blood and comes upon the elephant. As soon as he finds it,
he pulls the iron bar out and cuts away the flesh around the wound. He
immediately lets the officers of the king know, in order to give the
king the feet and the trunk. The rest of the meat (the hunters) eat
themselves, and they take charge of the tusks   Any large tusks weighing
more than a quintal they give to the king, those weighing least they
carry away, and some they leave in the forest.
24.       The Casangas and Banhuns understand each other in the same way
as
do the Portuguese and the Castilians.  The 'Kng of Cazamnsa is more
powerful than the Banhuns and he rules them. The Casangas dress like
the Jalofos and Mandingas, whom we have already described, In their
wars they use spears, arrowsand manducos  the manduco is the weapon
used by the Banhuns, the shaped club we described earlier.
25t.      There are other blacks of the same nation of Banhuns called Chans.
These are more war-like than the other -Banhuns who live at Buguendo or
in the district between there and Cazamansa, for the Chans live on the
North tide of the land of Buguendo. They come down the same creek in
their canoes in order to assault the land of the other Banhuns, which
they do by day and night. Their land is called Bichangor. They have a
king who is a friend of the whites, and whites are safe in his lanm.
This land provides slaves and provisions, and anything else provided by
the Banhuns of Buguendo. There is plenty of good water-there, and a
atrea nwhich is wide enough for the repair of ships.
26.:eV ;f From the Rio de Sio Domingos more slaves are obtained than from
any
other river in Guineas because this river has around it the following
iations: the Buramoss whose kingdom is very large, the Banhuns, the',
Caangas the Falupos, the'Jabundos and the Arriatas. All these nations


 


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