Chapter 67


In the meantime I married. I had two sons and a daughter, but not long after that I became a widower as my wife died. In these circumstances, and hearing the stories of my nephew, the captain, my desire to travel by sea and see my island returned to me again.

This is why, in 1694, I left England once again. I visited my island and saw the Spaniards and heard what had happened with the rebels we had left behind. The Spaniards and the English rebels had argued and fought for a long time until finally the Spaniards won.

The island was much improved and I found many children running around, because the Spaniards had reached the mainland and brought many young people with them.

I stayed on the island about twenty days. I had remembered what I needed when I was living there, so before leaving England I had taken with me arms, gunpowder, clothes, and tools which I now left to the colony. There were also a carpenter and a smith who I had brought with me from England and who agreed to stay on the island. Now I felt sure that the people I had left behind on the island had everything they could possibly need.