A Description of the Coasts of East Africa and Malabar In the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century

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A Description of the Coasts of East Africa and Malabar In the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century by Duarte Barbosa; Translated by Henry E. J. Stanley. This 1866 volume contains an English translation of a Spanish manuscript version of a document originally written in Portuguese about 1514. Having passed the Cape of Good Hope in a north-easterly direction, at Cape San Sebastian, there are very fair mountain lands, and fields, and valleys, in which there are many cows and sheep, and other wild animals; it is a country inhabited by people who are black and naked. They only wear skins with the fur of deer, or other wild animals, like some cloaks in the French fashion, of which people the Portuguese, up to the present time, have not been able to obtain information, nor to become acquainted with what there is in the interior of the country. They have no navigation, neither do they make use of the sea, neither have the Moors of Arabia and Persia, or the Indies, ever navigated as far as... More > this.< Less
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