I was now starting to realise how calm my life on the island was. I was suddenly the owner of a big property in Brazil, but I didn’t know how to manage it. I was thinking about taking everything and moving back to Brazil. In the end, I chose to go back to my homeland first.
Before leaving Portugal, I replied to all the letters from Brazil. I told the monastery to donate the money they had from my property to the poor. I also wrote to my partner and others who took good care of my plantation during the years when I was away. I told my partner that I wanted to come back to Brazil and take care of my property again soon. I accompanied the letter with fine presents for him and his family.
I sent my luggage to England, but it took me some time before I felt safe enough to travel by sea again. I had this strange feeling that was stopping me every time I thought about going aboard a ship. It was maybe because of my unfortunate past, or maybe it was my intuition. In fact, two of the ships I considered boarding didn’t reach England at all.
This is why I decided to travel on land through Spain and France. I wasn’t in a hurry and the money didn’t matter anymore, so the little more expensive journey looked like a good option. Besides, it was much nicer and I could see new countries.
I found three English gentleman and two Portuguese merchants who were all going to London. We set off together. All in all, we were six gentlemen and five servants. Our journey was very pleasant but not without its little adventures.