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

Chapter 17. Which discusses some wars undertaken by these Manes called Sumbas. [translated text],   pp. 32-35


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and met them in a hard-fought battle, in which he killed Captain
Nacarico. But after this victory had been won, he did -t dare to hope
for a similar outcoom again; for other captais were on the way,
marching as rearguard to the first.  Seeing that the neighboring kinp
would not help him, he decided to surrender, and preferred to srrender
to our men rather than to the enevW, having confidence in our people
that even if they made him and his fellow Sapes prisoners they would
not eat them. He came aboard with many people and his wives, all of
whom were sold by our men, except the king himself, who, to satisfy the
conscience of the person on whose ship he had embarked, was charitably
sent to the Misericordia (Charity Home) of Santiago Island. The
Hisericordia, being ignorant of what had happened, sold the black king.
He served his master as if he had never been a king, but had been a
slave aLl his life, serving very efficiently and very patiently, without
complaining of his misfortune. He was baptised and named Pedro; and
went to Lisbon and returned to the island with his master, When Antisio
Yelho Tinoco was governing the island, he gave their freedom to many of
this nation who had embarked on our ships. But Pedro never chose to
claim his liberty, saying that after becoming a slave he preferred to
remain one, and to continue serving a master as long as he lived.
3.       Of the me of our nation who travelled along these rivers and
beaches waiting for the Sapes to take them aboard and then WI1 thems,
we have observed that though their enterprise brought them riches, many
afterwards died poor,, leaving very little to their -chilren*.
4.       When Captain Macarico died, his me did not eat his as they atoe
the"s they had captared. (Instead) they buried him, and held a fmeral
for his, in their own way. His wives and one of his sisters came. b
saf in many canoes, accompanied by a large nir of warriors; and as
thy disembarked they marched in battle order to the sound of b
At the wake which was held, soeo beasts were killed to feed tbe;- es


 


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