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A similar assessment of their "superior docility" rendered them "good domestic slaves and artificers" (Adams 1966, 163). This accommodating disposition is ascribed by one analyst to the effect of Christianization on Koongo from the fifteenth century (Montilus 1993, 161). They were also found to be adept at Creole language acquisition (Geggus 199la, 37). On the other hand, they were considered prone to marronage, just as by the eighteenth century, Angola and Loango slaves at St Eustatius were not particularly favoured by planters because they "were prone to run away into the forest".

Sao Tome was one of four islands in that vicinity which had been appropriated by the Portuguese in the 1470s, and settled by Portuguese colonists, along with slaves brought from Koongo to work newly established sugarcane plantations. By the 1510s, Sao Tome merchants began to use the island as a transhipment port for slaves acquired on the mainland, particularly in Koongo and Angola, and then sent to Iberia and the Americas (Harms 1981, 24). This supply route to the West Atlantic was maintained throughout the history of the transatlantic trade, with the island also serving as a landing site for slaves rescued by nineteenth-century European naval patrols (Fegley 1989, 3, 9).

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