The Negroland of the Arabs Examined and Explained: Or, An Inquiry Into the Early History and Geography of Central Africa

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J. Arrowsmith, 1841 - Sudan (Region) - 143 pages

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Did I just read on page 81 that "marigot" is a Wolof term? Marigot is a Serer term not Wolof. Its like a small stream in the Serer tongue.

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Mali. fankama. iguaden

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Page 45 - It appears singular that the country situated immediately to the eastward of Timbuctoo, as far as Kashna, should be more imperfectly known to the Moorish traders than the rest of central Africa ; but it is in some measure accounted for by the information of Mr. Burckhardt.
Page 65 - Slave traders, however, appear to consider these tumors as a symptom indicating a disposition to lethargy, and they either never buy such slaves, or get quit of them as soon as they observe any such appearances. The disposition to sleep is so strong, as scarcely to leave a sufficient respite for the taking of food ; even the repeated application of a whip, a remedy which has been frequently used, is hardly sufficient to keep the poor wretch awake.
Page 62 - Arabs and Berbers. The passage is in William Desborough Cooley, The Negroland of the Arabs (p. 62): The Mohammedans say that the first King of Mali was Baramindanah. He performed the pilgrimage to Mekkah, and enjoined his successors to do the same. But the great King of Mali who conquered the Susu, and took their country, was named Mari Jatah, which means, in the language of that country, Amir Lion, for Mari signifies an Amir, or prince of the blood royal, and jatah means a lion. It is this tradition...
Page 36 - The inhabitants of this province [Yarba], it is supposed, originated from the remnants of the children of Canaan, who were of the tribe of Nimrod. The cause of their establishment in the west of Africa was, as it is stated, in consequence of their being driven by Yaa-rooba, son of Kahtan, out of Arabia, to the western coast between Egypt and Abyssinia.
Page 130 - ... possessed Portugal" is not mentioned. Cape Nun, owing to a confusion regarding the two rivers, is not near what used to be called the Wad Nun, but on the north side of the Wad Draa mouth. (5) Shawy (see also Bk. vn), a place near the mouth of the Shari River, a feeder of Lake Chad. " It is obvious .... that the name Seu is the root of the appellative Showy and the name Shouaa, respectively given by Denham to a town on the Shary, and the Arab tribes inhabiting the adjacent country.
Page 99 - Sanghee lies. It is extensive, very fertile, and well peopled. Its inhabitants are remnants of the Sonhaja, the wandering Arabs, and the Falateen. They profess the Mohammedan faith, and their princes ruled them always with equity and justice. A great number of learned and pious persons have distinguished themselves from among them. " Next to Sanghee, on the west side, and north of Barghoo, the country of Malee is situated. It is a very extensive province, and inhabited by the Soodan, who, it is said,...
Page 41 - Walata) is named after his father, but after his maternal uncle ; and the sister's son always succeeds to property in preference to the son : a custom I witnessed nowhere else except among the infidel Hindoos of Malabar.
Page 41 - ... him, he puts off his usual clothing, and puts on a worn-out dress, with a dirty cap, and enters the presence like a beggar, with his clothes lifted up to the middle of his legs: he will then beat the ground with both his elbows, and remain in a prostrate attitude. When the sultan addresses one, he will take the garment off his back, and throw dust upon his head.
Page 142 - Noofee; but in that place there is another river which springs from Zirma, to Ghoober, to Zeffra, to Kory or Koora, and then enters Noofee; its name is Kaduna. On the north of it Kanbari lies; on the east is Kory; on the south are Cankan and Kafath; and on the west is Bassoa, or Bashwa.
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