Chapter 1: Survival
01 Sep 1561
It's been a long time since I got a chance to have a pen and start writing my diaries again.
And Here we go!
I used to note down each and every detail about my life and experience, unfortunately I lost them all.
After 5 months of the most horrible experience in my life, I'm finally safe to write these words and tell the world about my unbelievable experience.
My blood is still hot but yet I can breath, I never Imagined I will face all of that in a couple of months.
My Home, God how much I missed it, Spain, Andalusia, and my beautiful home city Cadiz!
My name is David De Cadiz, The only son to one of the richest families in Cadiz, I have another name but, Well.. that's another long story I will tell it later on.
I was born in May 1535. My father noticed my intelligence from a young age and thus, he encouraged me to read about everything: history, science, literature, philosophy, and even religion.
I grew up as an educated and a wise guy and my father started to depend on me to manage his business and there I learned the basics of trading.
Everything was fine but before I was able to start my real part in life and deliver my pure messages of goodness and peace to the small societies around me, I was stab backed by one of my closer friends who incited the governor and his guards against me and my family and from that point everything went wrong until now!
One day when I was back from my trading journey to Cordoba I haired a noise in the city square, Before I was able to recognize what's going on, I found myself surrounded by the royal guards! and from there the escape journey has started!
I ran into one of them and surprisingly pushed him to ground and from that side I ran like a crazy fellow trying to use the best of my skills I trained already, luckily I found a horse on my way, I mounted the horse and went away .. far away .. from the guards, from the city, and from my whole old life!
I went to Gibraltar, I was shocked there where I discovered that my own father and mother died burning at that horrible day and that the guards were trying to do the same for me before I ran way and now I'm wanted in all of Spain!
Silently in the night I headed toward the port and boarded a trading ship where I hided myself within the cargo store.
I haired from the sailors the next day that the ship is going to sail to the new world!
And there another story begins! ..... I didn't know by that time whether to be happy because I escaped the certain death or to be sad because I lost my dear family, my home, everything and I'm leaving my whole life to a new unpredictable one!
After a few days of sailing I showed myself to the sailors, they were amazed on how I was able to hide myself all of that period with the cargo but they welcomed me and calmed me down assuring that I'm far away from danger and that the new world will be a safe place for me.
But what a lucky man I'm?! Few days later, a Barbary pirate brig attacked us trying to stole everything, I was forced to fight with the crew, luckily we managed to flee them, but after heavy casualties including myself, I was injured during that fight but the others took care of me after the battle.
The accidents didn't even stopped here but rather developed much more! ... After 2 months of sailing and briefly before we reached to the new world the ship suffered a severe damage from a strong hurricane, The ship weren't strong enough to stand against such a storm and thus it got destroyed and all the sailors felt into water. Many has tried to survive the storm with whatever wood remains of the ship they can find, But Alas! ... nobody survived, I was the only one who stood against the storm depending on a shipwreck until the storm has stopped.
Struggling to survive
I struggled too much, How many days I can swim before I reach to any land?! I don't know even where I'm heading! and once at a moment, I felt that everything has finished and I'm going to die ....
But again hope proves to be stronger! After a days of swimming I found a trading ship seems to be heading toward the new world, Luckily they saw me and rescue me right before the moment when I was about to die!
There in the new ship I got a long rest, and after I got up I met an old man - Pedro de vigas who is the Spanish viceroy commercial attache - who was from my own city of Cadiz who left the city long time ago to find his opportunity in the new world, we both were very happy to meet each other. I told him my story (without mentioning that me and my family were wanted) and he showed me sympathy me and promised to give me all supports required to settle up and star a new life in the new world.
Meeting Pedro De Vega aboard
Only one day after we reached to the great city of Port Royale.
The Viceroy city of Port Royale
For an instant I though I'm back at home! This city really reminded me of Cadiz, but it is fresher and it is full of life, it has much more opportunities for everybody who has great dreams and goals.
Pedro de vigas proves to be really gracious, he provided me a small house to stay until I rest after the long journey and gave me a good amount of money of 30000 Reals , further more he gave me one of his ships -a brig- to start my trading journey and build up my business again. When I asked him: why this much of generosity? he said that he's an old man now and not able to use all of his ships, but rather if he give them for a good guy like me he will be much happier, Also he has a lot of other works with the viceroy.
And here I start again .... A new opportunity has arisen in the sky, and so I have to forget the past with all its good and bad and focus on my future .....
Tomorrow I will head to my first trading journey in the new world to Port Au prince - an English port - and so I have to stop here and get some rest before the journey
. I'll write more when I get back.
to be continued ....
Notation: Sorry for the long post and the bulk of words without that much of images and that's simply because it's a prequel to the story.
All of the next chapters will be with less amount of words and with much more screenshots. so please keep calm and wait for the next chapter
No much to say so far
I have chosen to play trading campaign, this is the personal panel:
Hope you enjoyed the first part, I'll post the second one as soon as i finish it
I'm really eager to hear your opinion about the first part so kindly give me your feedback whether you enjoyed the story or not.
Thank You All!