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

Chapter 12. Which discusses everything else in the land of the Beafares. [translated text],   pp. 115-122 and 123


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120.


Beafares. They have kings who maintain the sam= law, custorms and
oaths, and (insist on) the same dress, as do the other kings of this
nation already mentioned. The Beafares stretch along the coast from
this riverLwhere the coast pushes out a headland, opposite )Matambola
Island. This headland is separated from the mainland (almost to the
extent of forming) an island, and is inhabited by blacks nho have fled from
our people or from theiother blacks.   So many of them have come together
in this place that they have formed a settlement and live there as rebels
or outlaws, In the interior, on the South and East, the land of the
Beafares meets the land of the Nalus1 as stated.
There are fruits in these parts which the blacks eat and on which
they can sustain themselves. These fruits are Mompatazes - already
discussed - and plums, which are something like ours in appearance but
have a different taste. There are many carobs and gourds, which give a
white flour. Fole   a fruit like a dark round pear, has a round stone, the
size of a hazelnut, and is sour. Another fruit called manipulo is yellow,
and the size of a Galician lemon or a plum: it has a pleasant smell, and
is medicinal, purging the blood. Instead of a dose of syrups, these
manipulos are given, in sugar and water. The trees which produce the
fruit are large, but their wood is very soft, and they have a hard, thick
bark. Even the leaves of the tree are medicinal: boiled inwater, they are
used in bathing the sick.   (Also,) there are wild vines, which have grapes
almost lik-- ours. There are many Bengal canes, but the blacks do not know
how to make use of them, and many reeds. From the canes and reeds, our
people who go there as adventurers make ropes for their ships. Much
timber is found there, witL woods red, damask and yellow in colour, azd
many other sorts of timber; and (also) the canes called bamboo in otc.  Lust
Indies.


 


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