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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

35,   pp. [unnumbered]-5 ff.

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However the Padre who went as Superior, because he had no exp riqnce
of expenses in these parts, would not accept more than 300 d lreia
for all four, which they greatly regretted afterwards, and it vas
necessary for them to be helped with alm requested from the King
and others, and they had to trade in a way that was not proper.
The ministera of His Majesty must be remindod that this redisposition
wae not sought by us, but rather we resisted it for almost twenty
years, and now it has coat us the lives of many highly-qualified
missionaries. Further, the land calla for different treatment from
that in Portugal, in that if we are not provided with what is
necessary we can reach a state where we either halt the work or
come to our own assistance by undertaking some form of trade, as the
others do; and this in neither His Majesty's intention nor fitting
for us.
In this land our men have need of a farmstead for their recreation
and convalescence. The one nearest to this city is that of
Sio Martinho, on whose lands is located Ribeirio Correa, the site
where we propose our house should be built, if we do not build it at
Praia. This is a very large estate, running from the sea a long way
inland. It has water in good quantity all the year round, and this i6
carried to various parts where it already irrigates a sugar-cane plantation.
It has fields of dilho and beans, and for pasture; and citrus trees
and other European trees (and plants) yielding many grapes, melons,
pumpkins and all kinds of garden vegetables. The lord of this estate
is Constantio de Magalhais de Mensese, lord of Ponte da Barca;


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