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Title: Visit to the Portuguese possessions in ...
Publisher: Negro Universities Press
Publication Date: 1969
Book Condition: Good
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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. 1845. Excerpt: ... ample folds of which were probably intended to indicate his wealth. Four ministers or mafooks, armed with lances and a long bamboo cane, followed close behind the litter, and formed a body guard; then the rest of his attendants brought up the rear, without any regard to order. Arrived at the palace-gate, the Soba, who was advanced in years, was lifted from his seat by two blacks; in doing which, one of them had the misfortune to knock off the royal cap, which was placed carelessly on the prince's head. One of the mafooks quickly stepped forward, and replaced it very respectfully on the head of his master, who, with an angry frown on his countenance, gave a signal, upon which the culprit was instantly taken aside, and received several severe blows from the mafooks with their long canes. Without paying any further regard. to what had taken place, the Soba, accompanied by two mafooks and an interpreter, went to meet the Governor, who was waiting at the door to receive him. After short mutual salutations, the Governor accompanied his guest to the audience chamber, and during their brief conference, the negro musicians continued to sound their horns and drums, to the great delight of the crowd, who went on dancing and singing. Apartments were assigned to the Soba in a building belonging to the palace, where his table was amply supplied with all that he could wish for. After a stay of three days, he took his departure in the same manner as he had made his entry. No attention whatever was in the mean time paid to his numerous suite; they were left to ramble about, and to support and amuse themselves as well as they could. The musicians alone, contrived to turn this visit to their own account; they kept playing the same tiresome monotonous strains before every ho...Language Notes:
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