Portugal and the Congo; A Statement

Portugal and the Congo; A Statement

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...de Hoji (in lat. 7 39' S., and long. Gr. 15 13' E.); in 1671 we built Pungo ndongo, and afterwards the fort of Bembe and others. Certain English adventurers having established and fortified themselves at Kabinda, the frigate Nossa Senhora d'Atalaya, sent from Lisbon in 1723 under the command of Jose de Samedo Maia, called at that fort on the 23rd of October, captured two vessels, and destroyed the fort constructed by the adventurers. Thirty-five cannon were found therein, and seized by our soldiers. In the same year a royal decree ordered the erection of a fortress on the banks of the Gaboon river. The Bishop of Angola and Congo having, on the 15th January, 1752, complained of the ill effects of the extensive trade in negroes carried on on the coast of Loango by foreign slavers, the Administrator of Crown Eevenues proposed, in 1753, to fortify the ports of Loango, Malemba and Kabinda. In 1779 the Government ordered the erection of fortresses at Malemba, at Kabinda, and on the banks of the Congo, with a view to overawe the natives no less than the slave traders complained of. On the 11th July, 1783, a squadron composed of the frigate Graca, the corvette Invincivel, and three other vessels, the Loanda, the Soroca, and the San Jose, commanded by Captain Antonio Januario de Valle, sailed from Loanda with a body of troops who were to construct and garrison a fort at Kabinda. In the instructions issued to that effect it was declared that, from the time of King John II., the crown of Portugal had the right of sovereignty over the territories comprised between Cape Lopez and Cape Negro, and that the erection of a fort at Kabinda was above all intended to show that we took effective possession of the territory claimed by us. The expedition in question...show more

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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123650805X
  • 9781236508058