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Quotes: René-Auguste Caillié

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The following quotes are taken from the English translation (Travels through Central Africa to Timbuctoo, London 1830) of René-Auguste Caillié's travel journal Journal d'un voyage à Temboteu et à Jenne, published in 3 Volumes, Paris 1830.

Quotes by René-Auguste Caillié:

"...a mass of ill-looking houses, built of earth. "
Describing his impressions on entering Timbuktu.

" The poor slaves work entirely naked, exposed to the heat of the burning sun. The presence of the master intimidates them, and the fear of punishment expedites the work; but they make themselves amends in his absence. "
A description of the conditions of African slaves working on a rice plantation at Cambaya, owned by a Muslim caravan leader, during his visit to Futa Jallon in 1820.

" The women, who had very little clothing, had their children tied to their backs. They were employed in collecting dry grass, which, being burnt, forms a kind of manure, indeed, the only kind they use. "
A description of the conditions of African slaves working on a rice plantation at Cambaya, owned by a Muslim caravan leader, during his visit to Futa Jallon in 1820.

"In every direction there are small villages, or ouroundes, for the slaves. These villages are ornaments to the country, for they are surrounded by fine plantations, where yams, maize, rice, foigne, onions, pistachio-nuts [actually peanuts], and gombo are grown in abundance."
Describing slave villages in Futa Jallon.

" [A peasant] who possesses a dozen slaves may live at his ease without travelling, merely by taking the trouble to superintend them. "
Describing the aspirations of African peasants in Futa Jallon.

" A single marabout superintends the slaves of his whole family, or several of his friends; and he assembles them all, sometimes to the number of forty or fifty under the same hut... The slaves work five days for their aster, and the sixth for the superintendent. "
Describing slave management in Futa Jallon.

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