A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 07 eBook

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5. Porto d’Ally, or Portudale, a town 5 leagues from Palmerin, having small hides, teeth, ambergris, and a little gold; and many Portuguese are there. 6. Candimal, a town half a league from Portudale, having small hides and a few teeth now and then. 7. Palmerin[326], a town 3 leagues from Candimal, with similar commodities. 8. Jaale or Joala, 6 leagues beyond Palmerin, its commodities being hides, wax, elephants teeth, rice, and some gold, for which it is frequented by many Spaniards and Portuguese, 9. Gambia river, producing rice, wax, hides, elephants teeth, and gold.

[Footnote 321:  Hakluyt, III. 2.  Astley, I. 242.]

[Footnote 322:  In Astley, these previous remarks are stated to have been written by Richard Rainolds; but in the original collection of Hakluyt no such distinction is made, only that in the text Richard Rainolds states himself to have written the account of the voyage.—­E.]

[Footnote 323:  Or Barzaguiche, by which name the natives call the island of Goree; the town of that name being on the opposite shore of the continent.—­Astl, I. 242. c.]

[Footnote 324:  At this place the editor of Astley’s Collection supplies 28 leagues, in the text between brackets:  But Cape Verd is 39 leagues from the southern mouth of the Senegal, and Goree is 6 leagues beyond Cape Verd.  Near the situation pointed out for Beseguiache, modern maps place two small towns or villages named Dakar and Ben.—­E.]

[Footnote 325:  A league north from Rufisque in modern maps is a place called Ambo; about 1-1/2 league farther north, one named Canne; and near 2 leagues south, another named Yenne.—­E.]

[Footnote 326:  We have here two towns called Palmerin within a few leagues, perhaps one of them may be wrong named in the text.—­E.]

The French have traded thither above thirty years from Dieppe in New-haven[327], commonly with four or five ships every year, of which two small barks go up the river Senegal.  The others are wont, until within these four years that our ships came thither, to ride with their ships in Portudale, sending small shalops of six or eight tons to some of the before-named places on the sea coast.  They were generally as well beloved and as kindly treated by the negroes as if they had been natives of the country, several of the negroes going often into France and returning again, to the great increase of their mutual friendship.  Since we frequented the coast, the French go with their ships to Rufisque, and leave us to anchor a Portudale.  The French are not in use to go up the river Gambia, which is a river of secret trade and riches concealed by the Portuguese.  Long since, one Frenchman entered the river in a small bark, which was surprised, betrayed, and taken by the Portuguese.  In our second voyage in the second year of our trade[328], about forty Englishmen were cruelly slain or captured, and most or all of their

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