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Travels in Western Africa in 1845 & 1846, Volume 2 (of 2) - comprising a journey from Whydah through the Kingdom of Dahomey to Adofoodia in the interior
The Zafidah MountainsZoogahReception by the CaboceerBamayIts MarketCuriosity of the PeoplePopulationThe Davity MountainsDaragowQualifications for a CaboceerThe River Zoa, or LagosIts wooded BanksFerrySuperstitionWater-liliesThe Plain set on Fire to destroy the Shea-butter Tree, &c.Valley of Dimodicea-takooKootokpwayGbowelley MountainRomantic SceneryHospitable ReceptionThe MaheesTheir total Defeat by the DahomansAscent of the MountainRuins of a TownSkeletons of the SlainSoilTwisted RockMineral SpringsAgbowaHerds of CattlePaweea, its healthy SituationPalaver with the CaboceerDescription of himHis HospitalityThe MarketsGuinea CornNatives good FarmersCloth ManufactureNative LoomHardwareHyna TrapAdmiration of my SwordReview of native SoldiersPopulation. July 11th.We marched from Setta at 8 A.M., the first high land bearing from the north side of the town N. 25 E., and named the Zafidah mountains,[Pg 2] distant about twelve miles. These mountains form the western extremity of a range, running as far to the eastward as the eye can reach. The path led directly to these mountains, and the surrounding country was of a beautiful champaign character, studded at considerable intervals with trees of various descriptions. About half a mile from Setta, and journeying N.E., we crossed a fine brook with a waterfall. The bed of the brook was of granite or quartz, in immense detached blocks, the brook running eastward. Close to this ford is a small kroom, called Zoogah; and although we had come so short a distance the old patriarch or caboceer had provided plenty of provisions for myself and private servants, with water and peto. The poor man also presented me with several fowls. He told me that the people of his small town had made a subscription and purchased these fowls to offer to me, but were ashamed to make so trifling a present, although they were anxious to show their good feeling towards the Kings white stranger. He had told them what I had said at Setta to the old woman (for he was present on that occasion) who presented me with the two eggs. The kindness shown towards me now formed a perfect[Pg 3] contrast to that which I had experienced on the coast, where the character and disposition of the people are vile. I gave the caboceer some needles and thimbles, with directions to distribute them amongst his people. ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 69179
Author: Duncan, John
Release Date: Oct 19, 2022
Publisher: Richard Bentley
Publication Date: 1847
Publisher Country: United Kingdom
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