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Originally appearing in Volume V07, Page 730 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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DAGO, a name given somewhat contemptuously to Spanish, Portuguese and Italian sailors, as " Dutchman " is similarly applied to Germans and Scandinavians as well as to natives of Holland. In America the word is generally confined to the poorer class of Italian immigrants. In the South Wales mining districts the casual labourers, who are only engaged when work is plentiful, are so called. The word is apparently a corruption of the common Spanish and Portuguese Christian name " Diego."
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The Dago in Darfur are refugees from Meroe in the river Nile to the northeastern part of the present Sudan republic. After the fall of Meroe in c. A.D. 350, a huge exodus took place to the west of the Nile to Northern Kordofan and Darfur. Many ethnic groups migrated with the Dago including the Tungur, Meidob, Birgid, Beigo, Birty. All these ethnicities are Nubians from the Nile who carried with them some of sort of civilization to Darfur such as war trenches, pottery, iron-works, hieroglyphs, rock paintings, customs of sacred kings etc. The story of the Dago king, Kassiforge who died tragically in Dar Sila in eastern Chad, took place long time ago when he ordered removal of the Dago Jebel may be for building new pyramids or palace with stone as they used to build these type of architecture in Darfur. The remains of this Jebel and other Dago antiquities are still there near Nyala, Um Kurdos, Dara, Fasha etc. awaiting further excavations.
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