Memoirs of the Reign of Bossa Ahádee: King of Dahomy, an Inland Country of Guiney. To which are Added, the Author's Journey to Abomey, the Capital; and a Short Account of the African Slave Trade. By Robert Norris. Illustrated with a New Map

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W. Lowndes, 1789 - 184 pàgines
 

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Pàgina 99 - Italians from half a dozen, to twenty : from this unequal diftribution, in which the rights of mankind are infringed, and their wants egregioufly mifcalculated, the lower clafs remain unprovided with female companions ; but in...
Pàgina 115 - ... are cramped in their growth, and ripen, or rather appear yellow, and become dry, before they have arrived at half their ufual fize. Every thing appears dull and faded : the grafs withers, and dries like hay ; of which circumftance the natives avail themfelves, to burn it down in the vicinity of the roads ; as well to keep them open, as to deftroy the flicker -which it affords to wild bealts, or even to enemies that might lurk concealed in it.
Pàgina 89 - The motive for this is, that there may be no family connexion nor combinations ; no associations that might prove injurious to the king's unlimited power. Hence each individual is detached and unconnected, and having no relative for whom he is interested, is solicitous only for his own safety, which he consults by the most abject submission. Paternal affection, and filial love, therefore, can scarcely be said to exist. Mothers, instead of cherishing, endeavour to suppress those attachments for their...
Pàgina 114 - ... is so great, as sometimes to make even near objects obscure. The English fort at Whydah stands about the midway between the French and Portuguese forts, and not quite a quarter of a mile from either, yet very often from it neither of the other forts can be discovered. The sun, concealed the greatest part of the day, appears only for a few hours about noon, and is then of a mild red, exciting no painful sensation on the eye. The particles which constitute the fog are deposited on the grass, the...
Pàgina 112 - ... of each, with many other articles ; which were all held up for the gaping multitude to admire. We dined, as before, in the market place ; and in the evening, when I went to wait on the king, a female dwarf was introduced to dance before him, in which...
Pàgina 117 - Those labouring under fluxes and intermitting fevers generally recover in an harmattan. Those weakened by fevers, and sinking under evacuations for the cure of them, particularly bleeding, which is often injudiciously repeated, have their lives saved, and vigour restored, in spite of the doctor.
Pàgina 116 - The parching effects of this wind are likewise evident on the external parts of the body. The eyes, nostrils, lips, and palate, are rendered dry and uneasy, and drink is often required, not so much to quench thirst, as to remove a painful aridity in the fauces. The lips and nose become sore, and even chapped ; and though the air be cool, yet there is a troublesome sensation of prickling heat on the skin. If the harmattan continues four or five days, the scarf skin peels...
Pàgina 113 - It comes on indiscriminately at any hour of the day, at any time of the tide, or at any period of the moon, continuing sometimes only a day or two, at other times five or six days, and it has been known to last upwards of a fortnight.
Pàgina 125 - ... approbation and regard. The king then throws a bunch of cowries with his own hands among the crowd ; on which his women begin to fling the remainder of the goods indifcriminately among the multitude : the white men, if they pleafe, and the Tamegan and his, companions, a (Ming.
Pàgina 110 - Each of these was surrounded by a strong guard, and the king was in one of them, but whether in coach, chair, or hammock it would have been criminal for any of the bystanders to guess. Norris...

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