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    Joachim John Monteiro
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. THE RIVER CONGO A BOUNDARY—SLAVE TRADE—SLAVERY —ORDEAL BY POISON—INSENSIBILITY OF THE NEGRO— INGRATITUDE. The River Congo, or Zaire, is a very striking and well- marked line of division or boundary, in respect of climate, fauna, natives and customs, between Angola and the rest of the West Coast. The difference in the scenery and vegetation from those of the north is very great indeed, and not less so is that of the birds and animals. I have noticed enough to convince me that it would well repay a naturalist to investigate the number of species this river cuts off, as it were, from Angola: the gorilla and chimpanzee, for instance, are only known north of the Congo: they are found at Loango and Landana, and from reports of the natives, even near to the river itself: many species of monkeys, very abundant at Cabinda and on the north bank, are quite unknown in Angola: and the ordinary grey parrot, which is to be seen in flocks on the Congo, is also unknown to the south—the only exception to this rule, as far as I have been able to ascertain, being at Cassange, about 300 miles to the interior of Loauda, where the rare "King parrat," with red feathers irregularly distributed among the grey ones, is not uncommon. Of small birds I have noticed many at Cabinda that I never observed in Angola : the same with butterflies, and other insects. The Congo is very deep, and the current is always very strong: even above Boma (or M'Boma), about ninety miles distant from the sea, the river is a vast body of water, and the current still very swift. From the mouth to beyond this place the banks are deeply cut into innumerable creeks and rivers, and form many large islands. The enormous quantity of fresh water poured by this river into the sea gives rise to many curious speculat...  
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