pedro’s letter to his mother 2

September 9th, 2016

well, mother, i am sorry, but my captain Columbus claimed the 10000 maravedis to himself. he found land!

the next morning, we went on the dinghies to go on shore. the captain stuck a pole in the sand. but then, we saw people come out of the forests! they were naked, and had tan colored skin. most had paintings on it. they thought we were gods from the sky. we traded invaluable things like beads mirrors and bells that they seemed to be astonished at. they gave us parrots, spears, and cotton thread.

they took us to their homes and let us sit in a special chair. it had hands and feet, and a face. they made the children and women kiss our hands and feet. but i could not accept this honor. i was too young. our captain was too old.

when we went back to the beach, captain said “see this man? see how docile they are? they will be easy. we will take six young men to Spain.”

to this, i lowered my eyes.

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