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Mota, A. Teixeira da (Avelino Teixeira); Hair, P. E. H. (Paul Edward Hedley) / Jesuit documents on the Guinea of Cape Verde and the Cape Verde Islands, 1585-1617: in English translation

10,   pp. [unnumbered]-18 ff.

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will be twenty braces square and (with walls) of the same thickness and
height as the larger fort, with two bastions and a way around (?) in
the name fashion. And in the event of Pedro Alvares Pereira or his
heirs and successors not being able to complete these three fortresses
in the said fifteen years despite       their utmost diligence, I shall
review the [period of] time as I think fit. In the meantime, as soon as
the first settlers disembark, he will build for them the necessary
defences, in wood and in lathe-and-clay, for security against the blacks
and pirates, and will provide these defences and forts with the soldiers,
artillery and gunpowder, and arms and ammunition that he considers neces-
sary for their defence against an enemy attack.
Moreover he will build in the said fifteen years a church in the
main settlement of the size he thinks fit, and with the people who come
to establish the first settlement he will send three priests. One of
them will be Vicar, with the ecclesiastic jurisdiction that the Vicars
have in Mina and other overseas parts which are extra-diocesan, as the
lands of this coast must be while they lack settlements and sufficient
revenue to have a Bishop of their own. On this first occasion
Pedro Alvares Pereira will present the Vicar and priests, and I, as
Governor and perpetual Administrator of the Mastership and Order of Our
Lord Jesus Christ, will appoint them. Pedro Alvares Pereira will pay
the three priests the stipends and subsistence /f.23?v/ designated by
the president end councillors of my Council of India, and he will do this
as long as there are no tithes or other revenues of nine in Serra Lcon;
but. when there are some of these the necessary allowances given to
whatever priests and ecclesiastical ministere there then are will be
drawn fron the reveznues, according to law.
All the abovo points  Pcro Alvareo Peroira will undfrL'.e a't Li
own cost and expense, without my ruttinrg inLo  hio tny rescourcci from my
royal crchcqucr or nmLI ng 1i z     = of aitms, mu±itions, chits or


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