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indefinitely related by the Portuguese historians; who say, that after a
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The Farther Progress Of Diego Is Very Indefinitely Related By The Portuguese Historians; Who Say, That After A Run Of Twenty Leagues, He Erected Two Stone Crosses, As Memorials Of His Progress, One At A Cape Called St Augustine, In Lat.

13 deg.

S. but the other on Cape Padron, in 22 deg. S. This last latitude would extend the discovery of Diego between the latitude of the Congo river and this high latitude, to 280 Portuguese leagues, instead of twenty. Besides, Cape Padron forms the southern point at the mouth of the river of Congo, and is only in lat. 6 deg. 15' S. The high probability is, that the first cross erected by Diego Cam in this voyage, was at Cape Palmerinho, in lat. 9 deg. 15' S. and the other may have been at Rocca Boa, in lat. 13 deg. 20' S. Clarke[1] is disposed to extend the second cross to Cabo Negro, in lat. 16 deg. S. Either influenced by his provisions running short, or desirous of forming a friendly, connection with the king of Congo, Diego measured back his way to the Congo river, where he was received in a most satisfactory manner by the sovereign of that country. The reports of his subjects who had been in Portugal, and the liberal presents which they had brought to him from King John, had made a deep impression on the mind of this African monarch. He made many inquiries respecting the Christian religion, and being highly gratified by its sublime and consolatory doctrines, perhaps influenced by the reports his subjects had brought him of its magnificent ceremonies, he appointed one of his principal noblemen, named _Cacuta_ or _Zazut_, to accompany Diego Cam, as his ambassador to King John; anxiously requesting the king of Portugal to allow this nobleman and his attendants to be baptized, and that he would be pleased to send some ministers of his holy religion to convert him and his subjects from their idolatrous errors.

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