September 9, 1499: Today the entire country of Portugal rejoiced in honor of my return. For today my one ship crew and I have returned to Port Tagus. We were greeted by King Manuel I as soon as we set foot on shore. As I shook hands with the King I could see all of my men running to their families in great joy. I handed the few spices to King Manuel I and was then welcomed to a feast at the castle in my honor. At the feast everyone was partying as if it were 500 years later. After the diner I had to tell the entire story of my travel over again to all the members of the palace. As I finish this last entry in my journal I wonder if I will return to India, for now that it is accessible to all European sailors.