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P.-D. Boilat, Esquisses sénégalaises (Paris: P. Bertrand, 1853)

Signare

The mulatto wives and daughters of European merchants, called signare in Senegal (from the Portuguese senhora, or madam), sometimes amassed considerable fortunes as agents and merchants directly involved in the slave trade.

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