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The Foulahs in general (as has been observed in a former chapter)
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The Foulahs In General (As Has Been Observed In A Former Chapter) Are Of A Tawny Complexion, With Small Features And Soft Silky Hair; Next To The Mandingoes, They Are Undoubtedly The Most Considerable Of All The Nations In This Part Of Africa.

Their original country is said to be Fooladoo (which signifies the country of the Foulahs); but they possess at

Present many other kingdoms at a great distance from each other; their complexion, however, is not exactly the same in the different districts; in Bondou, and the other kingdoms which are situated in the vicinity of the Moorish territories, they are of a more yellow complexion than in the southern states.

The Foulahs of Bondou are naturally of a mild and gentle disposition, but the uncharitable maxims of the Koran have made them less hospitable to strangers, and more reserved in their behaviour, than the Mandingoes. They evidently consider all the negro natives as their inferiors; and, when talking of different nations, always rank themselves among the white people.

Their government differs from that of the Mandingoes chiefly in this, that they are more immediately under the influence of Mohammedan laws; for all the chief men, the king excepted, and a large majority of the inhabitants of Bondou, are Mussulmans, and the authority and laws of the Prophet are everywhere looked upon as sacred and decisive. In the exercise of their faith, however, they are not very intolerant towards such of their countrymen as still retain their ancient superstitions.

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