The African repository Volume 34

 
9781236091826: The African repository Volume 34

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 Excerpt: ... one might travel four full days without obtaining a single drop of water, there being no rivers South of that line; but the country to the North of it was totally different. While in the South the vegetation was altogether thorny, there being a prodigious number of different kinds of thorns, the northern and well-watered country produced a vegetation without thorns. The majority of the trees there were evergreens; many of them had the appearance of laurels and orange trees. In that country there were a great many different kinds of fruit, most of which he believed to be totally unknown to Europeans. He brought home about twenty-five or twentysix different Kinds of fruit, some of which were valuable as yielding oil. Nearer to the coast, Eastwards, the people cultivated large quantities of cucumbers; and their best salad oil was made from the seeds of the cucumbers. Throughout the whole country the ground-nut was cultivated in large quantities--used as food and for oil. In Angola the natives knew of a very great many different dyes, which they were not very willing to make known to Europeans. In reference to cotton, very large quantities of it were cultivated by the natives, and one small district between the rivers Conza and Loanda, produced 1,300 cloths annually of cotton, grown by the natives, spun by the women, and woven by the men. The West Coast was by far the best field for cotton. On the East it was cultivated a little, but it was not so good. It clung to the seed, and an iron roller had to be used to separate it. The quantity grown on the East side was very much smaller than on the West side, but the natives had never been induced to cultivate cotton; they had never been offered anything for it, and they only cultivate a little to make cloibes for t...

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