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

Chapter 13. Which discusses the Kingdoms of the Nalus, Bagas and Cocolins, and their customs. [translated text],   pp. 1-8

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as they believe, dies, they too die. They firmly believe in this
superstition. It seem that the deril arranges all this in such a way
that they believe in it.  It once happened that I asked some of those
peoples 'Look here, whereabouts in that land of yours did you house youw
soul?'.  One of then replied and saids 'In a lion' or mome other animal.
I asked him agains'And where have you got it now?'. Ho replieds $It is
not there now, because I have cone into the land of the Christians, and
an a Christians I have left all that behind in oy homeland,' It is said
that these blacks are great witches in their own country. The young men
and women are well-behaved and trustworthy, whereas the adults before
they become acquainted with us are very unpredictable and die like the
5.       The land of the Nalus is large and there could be such trade with
in slaves as well as ivory. But it remain to be tamed, and we have no
trade with its people except by way of the Beafares, as stated.
6.       Beyond the Nalua lies the Rio do Nuno, the land of the Bagas and
Cocolins, who trade with us on the coast. This land contains a river
whose bar is a little dangerous because of a shoal at the entrance. The
blacks dress like the Sapes, in shirts and breeches, the shirts of cotton
with sleeves to the elbows; and some wear short cloths as breeches and
some drawers* They and the Sapes understand each other, like the Portuguese
and the Spaniards, although they live far apart.  The %tum whe live
further back, whom we have already discussed, and the Bagas, who are the
blacks at this Rio do Nuno, and the Cocolins, who live behind the Bagas
in the interior, all these peoples understand each other.
7.       Dye-stuffs are the chief commodity in this river.  They are not
those on the Coast (of the Jalofos) we discussed in the first chapter,,
which are made froW the sawe substance as the true indigo a The dyes in
'this river are different, for they are (drawn from) a tree like ivy which


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