pedro’s letter to his mother.

September 2nd, 2016

dear mother,

as you, know, i am on captain columbus’s ships , Pinta, Santa Maria, and the Niña. the start of the journey was good. we have enough food for 28 days, but what will we eat after? that worries me. the captain says who spots land first, who will get 10000 maravedis. i will be the first to spot land so i can buy new clothes for you.

today we spotted a large mast that belongs to a ship 120 tons of weight. what is this uncharted waters that devours large ships and spits out parts? other of that, today our crew spotted a star fall into the waters. this scared everyone, but the captain said he saw thousands of stars fall down, and that always gave great blessings. this comforted everyone, but in the captain’s logs, he stated that he had never seen one this close to the ship.

today we saw kelp in the waters. this meant land! all of the crew were cheering. and then, we spotted porpoises swimming near us, and one of the crew harpooned one. it was sad seeing it die, but we were in need for food. then we saw a crab on the kelp! we were defiantly near land! mother, i will be coming home with 10000 maravedis for you!

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