Chapter 59

 

When the feast was over and I had clean clothes again, I and the captain had to discuss what to do with the five prisoners in the cave. Two of them were making him so worried, that he was nervous to even take them on board the ship in chains.

I suggested that we discuss it with them. They would perhaps like to stay on the island instead of going back to England and being killed. We met the prisoners and explained the situation to them. They had to choose between a death sentence in England and a lonely life on the island. They decided to stay on the island.

The captain was unhappy to leave them on the island, but I thought it was a fair thing to do. I told them to stay in the cave and wait for more orders. Meanwhile, I asked the captain to display the body of the rebellion leader somewhere where the prisoners could see it.

After that, I informed him that I needed another night to prepare for the journey. The captain went on the ship, while I went to my island home. I decided to take my parrot, my goatskin cap, and the umbrella as a reminder of the island. At the last minute, I remembered to take the money which I once found in one of the shipwrecks around the island. The coins would finally be of use to me!

I met with the prisoners one more time. I showed them my crops and my animals and told them about the island. I showed them where I kept my guns and powder, which they were free to use once I had left the island.

I also told them about the Spaniards who were going to come here soon, and even left a letter for them. That way, when the Spaniards returned, the prisoners could meet them and tell them my story.