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The Maniots themselves acquired a reputation for ferocity and courage that was second to none and every man was always armed with as many weapons as he could manage. In 1600, a French traveller described them as follows: "These mountain dwellers are so laden with weapons that they look like hedgehogs. A huge sword is not enough for them, they carry a gun on their shoulder and in their hands they hold an axe, a club and a short spear." In addition, they often carried two or three primed pistols in their waist sashes.