A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 02 eBook

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About six days journey by land from Hoden, there is a place called Teggazza[5], which in our language signifies a chest or bag of gold.  In this place large quantities of salt are dug up every year, and carried by caravans on camels to Tombucto and thence to the empire of Melli, which belongs to the Negroes.  Oh arriving there, they dispose of their salt in the course of eight days, at the rate of between two and three hundred mitigals, or ducats, for each load, according to the quantity, and then return with their gold.

[1] This is erroneous, as there are several towns on the coast of Morocco
    beyond this Cape, as Saffia, Mogadore, Santa Cruz, and others. 
    Cape Cantin is in lat. 32 deg.30’N. and the river Sus in 30 deg.25’, which
    is 140 miles to the south.  There are no towns on the coast beyond that
    river; but the northern limit of the Sahara, or great desert, is in
    lat. 27 deg.40’, 186 miles to the south of the river Sus, and is surely
    inhabited by wandering Arabs.  Even the great desert, which extends 750
    miles from north to south, almost to the river Senegal, is thinly
    interspersed by several wandering tribes of the Azanhaji.—­E.

[2] Called Tombuto in the original, and Ataubat in Grynaeus.—­Astl.  Hoden
    stands in an ouasis, or watered island, in the sea of sand, or great
    desert, about lat. 19 deg.20’N. and W. long. 11 deg.40’.—­E.

[3] Under the general name of Azanhaji, which probably signifies the
    pilgrims or wanderers of the desert, the Nomadic Arabs or Moors are
    distinguished into various tribes; as Beni-amir, Beni-sabi, Hilil
    Arabs, Ludajas, and Hagi; sometimes called Monselmines, Mongearts,
    Wadelims, Labdessebas, and Trasarts; all named in their order from
    north to south, as occupying the desert towards the Atlantic.—­E.

[4] In the text this river is named Senega, and its name probably
    signifies the river of the Azanhaji.  It Is called in Ramusio Oro
    Tiber
.—­F.

[5] The name of this place is explained as signifying a chest or bag of
    gold.  There is a place marked in the Saharra, or great sandy desert;
    under the name of Tisheet, where there are salt mines, in lat. 17 deg.
    40’ N. and long. 6 deg. 40’ W. which may possibly be Teggazza.  The
    distance of Tisheet from Hoden in our maps is about 375 miles E. S. E.
    But there are other salt mines in the desert still farther to the east. 
    —­E.

SECTION III.

Of the Empire of Melli, and some curious particulars of the Salt Trade:  Of the Trade in Gold:  Of the, Azanhaji; and concerning swarms of Locusts.

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