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ADOWA. ?,,?9 .tiered Unrivalled in any other part of the country', and the latter being thought little inferior to those manufactured at Gondar. The quantity of cloth made at Adowa occa- sions a of which .great demand for cotton, a considerable portion Is procured from the low countries bordcrh?g on the Tacazze :. and this is considered of a finer quality, and consequently more valuable, than that brought up from Msssows. The latter, notwithstanding, finds a ready sale, and though its importation be hampered by arbitrary exactions on the road, and a heavy duty on its being landed, sells to a consldcrablc profit. Tbe other imports, which pass through Adowa for the Gondar mar- ket, are lead, (in small quantities) block tin, copper, and gold foil; small Persian carpets, of a showy pattern and of low price, raw silks from China, a few velvets, French broad cloths, and different coloured skins from Egypt; glass ware and beads, which find their way from Venice, and a number of other petty articles, which are brought by different conveyances to Jickla. The exports which are carried down to the coast in re? turn, most of which pass through the hands of the traders at Adowa, consist of ivory, gold, and slaves; a very con- siderable quantity of the first article is procured in the province of Walkayt, and in tbe low country northward of Shirl: and the sale of it is so certain at Msssows, that the price at Adowa only differs in the expenses of car. riage being deducted. A great part of the gold collected in the interior finds also its way through Adowa; but this commerce is carried on by the traders with so much se- creoy, that it is impossible to form any accurate cstiraate of the quantity. The number of slaves exported, may be computed annually at about a thousand,epart of whom are sent to Massowa, and the rest to th small ports northward of that place, whence they are privately ship. pod off by the natives, for the purpose of avoiding the ' duties levied by the Naylb. The provinces to the south of Ad0wa chiefly ,abound in cattle and corn, which, to. gerber with the salt prooured on the borders, constitute their chlcf articles of barter. There is a manufactory of small carpets carried on in the prov'mce of Samen, some of which were shewn to me at Adowa: and they really Wry. muph superior to what might have been expected, Dioit,zed b$,Goo?le