Chapter 9

The boy was really scared. He thought that it was a pirate ship. But I looked at the ship and I saw that it was Portuguese. We were sailing towards it as fast as we could. We were hoping that they would see us. We were losing our hope when the ship changed its direction. It turned our way! I fired a gun to show them that we needed help. They noticed us and we boarded the Portuguese ship three hours later. They spoke Portuguese, Spanish and French, but I didn’t understand them. Luckily, there was a Scottish sailor on the ship. He came to me and I told him my story. Thanks to this, all the sailors began to be very nice to us. They took me and the boy on the ship. We were both very happy. We offered our things to the captain, but he kindly refused. The captain wanted to buy our boat and take the boy as a servant. I didn’t want to sell the boy. He had served me so well. But the captain said that he would be nice to him. He also said that the boy would be free in ten years if he turned Christian. The boy wanted to go to the captain, so I agreed. The ship was going to Brazil. We arrived there after twenty-two days. The captain bought almost all my things. He even bought the skins of the leopard and the one of the lion. I now had some money which I could use to trade. He even told a friend of his about me. The friend had a sugar plantation. I liked Brazil and I bought some land there. I started producing sugar cane. I was not producing much for the first two years, but I finally planted some sugar cane for trade the third year. My plantation kept growing and I was soon living a good life. I learned the language and made some friends. I often talked to other planters and told them about the slave trade in Guinea.