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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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11,        In the stream  of this land there is silver, as there may be (also)
in many other parts of Ouinea which are unexplored, for the blacks of
puinea do not know how to search for mines and veins of metals, and
are acquainted only with those good luck brings then and the land reveal1
to then during the winter floods. Nor are mines searched for to any
extent by our people, for up to the present they have not attempted to
gain from this land any commodities other than slaves, wax, ivory and
some gold which the blacks sell. By our negligence, and because those of
our people who have penetrated into the land of the blacks have had no v
knowledge of metals, up to the present no mines have been discovered in p
these parts. In the stream   flowing into the Rio do Nuno, in some places
there are many marquesites. In the same river there used to be a,
goldsmith called Something d'Araujo. He had found veins of silver near
these streams, and installed himself in a wood nearby with his forgeo
his tools. There he smelted silver and mixed it with other metals to    *
bracelets, which he sold to the blacks. He did not date to have his
workshop at home for fear of the host with whom he lodged. Eventually
this man was struck with fear at the thought that if the blacks came
to learn how he made the bracelets out of metal which he found in their E
land, they would say that ha had sold what was theirs., And they would p
kill him. His fear was so great that he fled to the Rio Grande, in the
land of the Beafares, where he died without revealing the whereabouts o3p
the veins of silver he had found. These, if searched for by persons who
understand about metals, could certainly be found. P
12.       The Baga blacks extend as far as Cape Verga, where the Sapes beginfl
but they all understand each other, as already stated. They do not sell
blacks in this rivers it seem  they have never got round to this, but
they buy them instead. The foodstuffs available here are rice,   illo
many animals which they kill, uch fish, many birds, and wine from palm-
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