August 3 1499: We have reached the Cape Verde Islands today, and as we restock, we look back and remember how only one year ago we were just beginning our journey into the unknown, and now that we have returned everyone will be able to travel to India. Spices will now be on everyone’s dinner table. Ok, that might be stretching it, but it’s a start. I look back and remember the hard ships the crew encountered on the journey. Also I look back and remember all of the dead bodies laying on the deck and hanging off the gunwales of the Sao Rafael. And finally I look back and remember the terrible storm that separated my ship from the other two, I pray now, as I have every night since the storm, that they have made it back safely.