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Arnot’s journals record the missionary’s insistence that he ride an ox rather than be carried in a hammock by African porters. During one 24-hour period, Arnot singed his eye while repairing a breechloader, lost his riding ox, and marched ten miles through knee-high water and rough brush. Silva Porto himself lost the sight in one eye because of an infection. These experiences were typical of the hardships presented by travel and disease in Angola. The Trader The End of an Era As Silva Porto approached his mid-seventies, he could tell that two centuries of relatively peaceful coexistence between the Ovimbundu and the Portuguese were coming to an end.
Rumors about them had been circulating for weeks, ever since a message had reached the governor-general of Angola from William Taylor, asking for assistance in creating a series of mission stations to serve the interior regions of the country. Most people in Luanda thought the Methodist bishop was crazy, and they were not alone. An editorial in the New York Times summed up his work this way: This is the band led by an alleged Bishop and undoubted crank. . He has with him many women and a large number of children, some of whom are mere infants.
Dom Pedro was placed on the throne by the Portuguese, who maintained a small military garrison in the Kongo capital city of São Salvador to protect him from opposing rival factions. The once mighty Kongo ruler was reduced to a puppet presiding over tribal ceremonies. The Reverend Thomas Lewis served for almost twenty years as a missionary in Angola for the English Baptist Missionary Society. He arrived in São Salvador in 1887. Shortly after, he was summoned to a “state audience” with Dom Pedro in the “palace,” which Lewis described as a mud hut with a grass roof and whitewashed walls.
Angola: 1880 To the Present : Slavery, Exploitation, and Revolt (Exploration of Africa) by Bruce Fish, Becky Durost Fish