The Discovery of America: From A Different Perspective

Essay by Krate_LlamaHigh School, 10th grade May 2008

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There I was, hiding away in the farthest corner of the hold. We had been sailing for about a month. We set sail on the third of August, in the year fourteen hundred and ninety two. There were about one hundred men, and fifty of us rats, on board all three of the ships. The ships were named the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. I was on the biggest one, the Santa Maria. About six days later, we stopped in the Canary Islands. We stocked up on fresh wood, water, wine, biscuit, and, my personal favorite, cheese. We then set back out on the sixth of September.

So, there I was raiding the stores for cheese. A few days before, the sailors saw some birds flying to the west, and changed direction accordingly. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, I heard some people arguing up on deck.

I had nothing else to do, so I decided to check it out and find out what all the fuss was about. As it turned out, the crew wanted to mutiny. I was all for it, and so were my buddies, seeing as there was never anything to do on board a ship. All we could really do was eat and sleep. That’s not such a bad life but it gets monotonous, and a good battle would be a welcome break from routine. Unfortunately, the head honcho, Christopher Columbus, got them to settle down. I am not sure, but I think he told them some fake story about how they would turn around in three days if they had not found land by then. Yeah, I am so sure that he was going to do that after going all that way. He would have just made up some lame...