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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1760 edition. Excerpt: ...to take place in the human breaft. During the whole of this barbarous tranfaftion, a profound filence reigns through the whole aflembly; and as foon as it is concluded, every one departs with the fame tranquility as if nothing extraordinary had happened. Of their Travellers inform us, that though there are ingenious artif.s. workmen in iron and metals in every part of the Grain Coaft, yet that at Seftos they are peculiarly expert, having firft learnt the art from the French, and fmce greatly improved it; infomuch that in tempering fleel they greatly exceed any European nation. The Portuguefe were the firft who difpofleffed the French of their trade here, as well as in other parts of Cuiney (if they really ever had the trade which their hiftorians aflert). For a number of years they exercifed a defpotic authority over the poor natives; but the great advantages they have derived from this commerce, having excited the emulation of the EngliJJj and Dutch in 1664, their power began to give way to the more warlike and commercial fpirit of thefe rivals. Qftbt They loft gradually all their fettlements, and being forced to Portu-retire into the interior countries, they refolved, as the laft guefe mu-effort, to unite themfelves with the natives by marriage; lattoet. whence fprung that mixed progeny of mulattoes, more numerous here than in any part ot Gnincy. From policy, and perhaps from natural national affection, the Portuguefe entruft them with the care of the fmall remnant of trade they now have, give them the appellation of phidalgos or gentlemen, reconcile them to the church of Chrift, nay even admit them into holy orders, and render them ufeful in propagating Chriftianity and the gofpel. These African Portuguefe have eftablifhed an extenfivc...
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