Travels In The Interior Of Africa - Volume 1 of 2 - By Mungo Park













 -   It sometimes happens, indeed, when no ships
are on the coast, that a humane and considerate master incorporates
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It Sometimes Happens, Indeed, When No Ships Are On The Coast, That A Humane And Considerate Master Incorporates His Purchased Slaves Among His Domestics; And Their Offspring At Least, If Not The Parents, Become Entitled To All The Privileges Of The Native Class.

The earliest European establishment on this celebrated river was a factory of the Portuguese, and to this must be ascribed the introduction of the numerous words of that language which are still in use among the negroes.

The Dutch, French, and English afterwards successively possessed themselves of settlements on the coast; but the trade of the Gambia became, and continued for many years, a sort of monopoly in the hands of the English. In the travels of Francis Moore is preserved an account of the Royal African Company's establishments in this river in the year 1730; at which the James's factory alone consisted of a governor, deputy-governor, and two other principal officers; eight factors, thirteen writers, twenty inferior attendants and tradesmen; a company of soldiers, and thirty-two negro servants; besides sloops, shallops, and boats, with their crews; and there were no less than eight subordinate factories in other parts of the river.

The trade with Europe, by being afterwards laid open, was almost annihilated. The share which the subjects of England at this time hold in it supports not more than two or three annual ships; and I am informed that the gross value of British exports is under 20,000 pounds. The French and Danes still maintain a small share, and the Americans have lately sent a few vessels to the Gambia by way of experiment.

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