[The contract of Assab was a contract for the sale of lands in the area known as Asab to Mr Joseph Sapeto of the Rubattino Company on November 15, 1869. The sellers, Hassan-ben-Ahmad and Ibrahim-ben-Ahmad, were brothers in charge of the area (Sultans) and agreed not to oppose for Europeans to come to inhabit the land. The contract was signed between the contractors Mr Joseph and his brothers Sapeto Ahmad Hassan-ben-and-ben-Ibrahim Ahmad]
Sales contract of Assab by the Sultans to Joseph Sapeto
November 15, 1869
Gloria to God.
As of Monday, the day of the eleventh month of the year 1286 seconds sciaban the computation of the Islamists and the fifteenth day of November of 1869 seconds was the Europeans, Hassan-ben-Ahmad, Ibrahim-ben-Ahmad, brothers, and Mr Joseph Sapeto which falls on board the Nasser Megido, “Said Auadh boat, and did put in an appearance.
Have agreed as follows in the presence of witnesses:
1/ the aforesaid brothers-Ahmad Hassan-ben-ben-Ahmad and Ibrahim, Sultan of Asiab, sold and sold to Mr Joseph Sapeto mentioned above, the area between the upstream Ganga, the head Lumah and two of its sides; perlocchè the domain of that territory will belong to Mr Joseph Sapeto, tostoche he shall have disbursed the money, avendoglielo they sold voluntarily, willingly and honestly.
2/ The brothers said they swear on the Koran “Dinstinzione,” that neither they nor the people will make their perfidy to the Europeans who will come to inhabit the land owned by Mr Sapeto.
3/ Mr Joseph Sapeto buys that place for six thousand dollars, therefore leaving two hundred and fifty dollars as a deposit to the sellers, forcing them to pay irimanenti cinquemi! Seven hundred fifty dollars in one hundred days from the first of Ramadan up to ten of the month of heggiah. What if Mr Joseph Sapeto not come back, nor altrivenisse in his place in the appointed time, the deposit would be lost. The brothers then nicknamed cannot sell to others that place, having already sold to Mr Joseph and Sapeto and granted to one hundred days to payment of its price.
This is the agreement passed between Mr Joseph and his brothers Sapeto Ahmad Hassan-ben-and-ben-Ibrahim Ahmad, in the presence of witnesses Mahamad-Abdi, Ahmad-Ali, Sa’d-Auadh, clerk, Abd-Allah-ben- Duran. Accepted and signed by the contractors:
Ahmad Hassan ben-
[The contract of Asab and Ras Lumah was an updated contract on the sale of lands in the area known as Asab and Ras Lumah and the payment structure. The sellers, Hassan-ben-Ahmad and Ibrahim-ben-Ahmad, were brothers in charge (Sultans) of the area and agreed to recognize the right of the buyers to assert Italian sovereignty on the area. The contract was prepared in Arabic and Italian, was signed by the sultans Sciahim Abdullah, Hassan and Ibrahim, Mr Joseph and Andrew Sapeto Buzzolino from the Rubattino Company]
Sale of Assab Sapeto and Giuseppe Andrea Buzzolino
March 11, 1870
Glory to God
Ahmad Ben Hassan
Abdallah Sciahim Ibrahim
Orazio Antinori was present at the reading and translation and signatures.
Carlo Grondona, id.
Source: Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Développement international. https://diplomatie.gouv.fr/
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