There is some difficulty respecting the date of
this second voyage. In
the former, Cada Mosto sailed from Portugal in March 1455. In the
course of his proceedings, the month of November is mentioned, and
some subsequent transactions are said to have happened in July, which,
on this arrangement, must necessarily have been of the year 1456. If,
therefore, the dates of the former voyage be accurate, the second
ought to have been dated in 1457.—E.
 This part of the narrative is involved in difficulty,
and most be
erroneous. A storm from the S. W. off Cape Branco, almost in lat. 21 deg.
N. and a N. W. course, could not possibly lead to the discovery of the
Cape Verd islands, almost six degrees farther south, and at least six
degrees farther west. This difficulty may be solved, by supposing the
storm from the N.E. and that the ships drove to the S.W. from off Cape
 This passage alludes to the voyage of Antonio
de Noli in 1462. And it
may be remarked, that de Faria, who mentions the discovery of these
islands by Noli, takes no notice of the actual discovery by Cada Mosto.
 The editor of Astleys Collection considers this
as having been St
Jameses island, which is about twenty miles up the Gambia: But there
is a small island near the northern bank, now called Charles I. which
exactly corresponds with the distance in the text.—E.
 According to our best maps or charts of the Gambia,
this river is
never less than four miles broad, and generally above five, till we
get near 100 miles up the river, to the reach which encircles the
Devils Point, where it still is two miles wide. It is possible that
the original journal of Cada Mosto may have had leagues of three
marine miles each, in which case the residence of Battimansa may have
been at or near the Devils Point, above 100 miles up the river.—E.
 Though this country will be amply described in
other voyages in our
Collection, it may be proper to remark, that both sides of the river
Gambia are inhabited by a mixed population of three nations, the
Feloops, Foleys, and Mandingoes, each of whom have their own separate
villages interspersed. This population is divided into many states,
lordships, or little kingdoms; as Joalli, Barrah, Kolar, Badibu,
Barsalli, &c. on or near the northern bank; Kumbo, Fonia, Kaen, Jagra,
Yamini, &c. on the southern.—E.