The Portuguese Advised Me
Not To Take Any Observation, As The Instruments Might Awaken Fears
In Bonga's Mind, But Manoel Said I Might Do So If I Wished;
His Garden, However, Being Above The Confluence, Could Not Avail
As A Geographical Point.
There are some good houses in the stockade.
The trees of which it is composed seemed to me to be living,
and could not be burned.
It was strange to see a stockade
menacing the whole commerce of the river in a situation
where the guns of a vessel would have full play on it,
but it is a formidable affair for those who have only muskets.
On one occasion, when Nyaude was attacked by Kisaka, they fought for weeks;
and though Nyaude was reduced to cutting up his copper anklets for balls,
his enemies were not able to enter the stockade.
On the 24th we sailed only about three hours, as we had done the day before;
but having come to a small island at the western entrance
of the gorge of Lupata, where Dr. Lacerda is said to have taken
an astronomical observation, and called it the island of Mozambique,
because it was believed to be in the same latitude, or 15d 1',
I wished to verify his position, and remained over night: my informants
must have been mistaken, for I found the island of Mozambique here
to be lat. 16d 34' 46" S.
Respecting this range, to which the gorge has given a name,
some Portuguese writers have stated it to be so high that snow lies on it
during the whole year, and that it is composed of marble.
It is not so high in appearance as the Campsie Hills when seen
from the Vale of Clyde.
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