Chapter 50

 

The Spaniard advised me to plant more corn and he and Friday’s father helped us expand the gardens. All four of us managed to sow so much that we had just enough to eat until the crops were ready. Friday, the Spaniard and I caught more kids and increased our herd by more than 20 kids. We also dried several times more grapes than we ever had before.

We started preparing the materials for the boat. We chose a few trees and I showed them how to cut them to form planks.

The harvest came and we had plenty of food. We had so much corn, rice and barley that we needed more baskets and pots to store it all. As it turned out, the Spaniard was very skilful at this.

Once all the harvest was gathered and the food was securely stored in my cave, the Spaniard and Friday’s father were free to go back and bring here whoever wanted to follow me. I asked them to make the Europeans swear they would not hurt or go against me in any way before taking them on board and to my island.

We agreed on a secret signal which they should make before approaching the coast, so we would know it was them. I gave them food and two loaded guns in case they were attacked again. Then, taking one of the canoes that they had come in as prisoners, they sailed away.