The manuscript presented below is kept at Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu in Rome, under the signature Goa 34-I, ff. 150-160. It is titled Cafraria, a P.M. Boym Polono Missa Mozambico 1644 Januario 11.
Michal Boym (1612 or 1614 - 1659) was a Polish missionary, Jesuit. During his journey to China he visited a coast of Mozambique (1644), in his days called Cafraria. His description of two Portuguese factories -- Sena on Zambezi river and Mozambique Island -- is one of the most interesting and oldest Polish accounts of Africa. It is illustrated with five water-colours and two linedraws by his own. The manuscript titled "Cafraria, a P.M. Boym Polono Missa Mozambico 1644 Januario 11" is kept at the Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu in Rome under the signature Goa 34-I, ff. 150-160. The text has never been scholarly edited.
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