The Europeans and the World -6- (1400-1815)
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The Europeans and the World -6- (1400-1815) - 2012-02-13 19:46:15

For fourteen years, by trial and in spurts, each time pushing away the day of return, the Portuguese reach the sides of the current Senegal. Bypassing the camel trains, they traded directly with the local people, who were too happy to find new buyers and, finally, somehow, to play a competition between land and sea, "caravels against caravans", according to the excellent expression of the Portuguese historian Vitorino de Magalhaes Godinho.