National Geographic : 1992 Sep
dealing with his fellow Africans; he assisted the whites in reopening trade routes that had been closed by local rulers. He was the recip ient of various favors from agents of the Royal African Company. Sir Dalby even built him a house near Cape Coast Castle. But Kabes was as independent as Thomas was arrogant and stubborn. In 1704 the two men quarreled. Eighteen months later, the company's trade at Komenda having fallen off without Kabes's influence, the English sought reconciliation. The alliance, though by no means smooth, continued until his death. In appreciation for his services, the company allowed him to be buried at the British fort at Komenda. until traders acquired full cargoes for the ships. The dismal wait could be long or short, depending on supply conditions. If wars were being fought in the interior, a flow of captives could be antici pated. As a white trader at Cape Coast Cas tle noted with satisfaction in 1712: "The battle is expected shortly, after which 'tis hoped the trade will flourish." The many captives who died on the coast as they awaited departure fell victim to a va riety of diseases and to infection of wounds suffered during their capture and branding. The damp dungeons in which they were kept certainly contributed to the high mortality.