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

Chapter 18. How the Manes wished to conquer the land of the Soussos, who live beyond the Sapes in the interior, and what happened between them. [translated text],   pp. 36-42 and 43


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musical-instruments of the army to be played, and at the sound of these
they began to march towards the enemy camp. Seeing them coming, the
Manes remained behind their fortifications, an if they feared the out-
com_ of what was to follow. They did not care to mally out or place
themselves in order of battle, as they saw the Sousos doing. They sent
out only some small detachments, which advanced to attack the Sousos on
the flank. But the Sousos were not at all disordered by these attacks,
and continued to march in step, all together.
5.       At the head of the army came seven men mounted on horses which were
as small as ponies, but were saddled and bridled. These horses had
hairy manes - and msnt certainly have been Fulo horses - and carried
great bells on their breast-bands.  All together in step, this well-
ordered army advanced, shield-bearers in front and on the flanks,
archers in the centre. When they were near (the enemy) they siaultaneously
throw themselves into the attack and assaulted (the camp). Those on
horseback placed their hands on the atabanca - as they called the
entrenchments in this language - and broke them down. It must be said
that on the Mane side they did not fail to fight back very strongly, for
there were many of then; but their opponents were very brave. They were
not an army of mixed nations (as the Mane. army was); they had only the
Fuloo, who a:-e a very bold people. And the Sousos knew that it was
vital to exert all their strength in this battle, since if they were once
conquered, they would never regain their security. Their whole land
would be destroyed, and their wives and children killedy and on this
victory depended their security. (In contrast,) the Manes, if defeated,
would remain masters of all the lands they had previously gained; they
kept men in these lands and waged war on the same people they brought
with then. But if they had the victory, they would not stop until they
0;had conquered all of the Sousos, as they had done with the gape; and
therefore the Sousos put forward all their strength in this battle.


 


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