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Chapter 3 I see much of the world.
It was easy to see a ship to my likening for all kinds of trading vessels go out from London to every country that is known. One day I met an old sea captain who had often been to the coast of Africa.
He was pleased with my talk.
"If you want to see the world", he said, you must sail with me. And then he told me that he was going again to Africa to trade with the black people there. He would carry out a lot of cheap trinkets to exchange for gold dust and feathers and other rare and curious things... I was very glad to go with him. I would see strange lands and savage people. I would have many a stirring adventure.
Before 10 days had passed we were out on the great ocean. Our ship was headed toward the south.
The captain was very kind to me; he taught me much that every sailor ought to know.
He showed me how to steer and manage the vessel. He told me about the tides and the compass and how to reckon the ships course.
The voyage was a pleasant one and I saw more wonderful things than I can name.
When at last we sailed back to London, we had good enough to make a poor man rich.
I had nearly 6 pounds of the yellow stuff for my own share.
I had learned to be a trader as well as a sailor.
It would take too long to tell you of all my voyages, some of them were happy and successful but the most were unpleasant and full of disappointment.
Sometimes I went to Africa, sometimes to the new lands of South America, but wherever I sailed, I found the life of a sailor by no means easy did not care now to see strange sights and visit unknown shores, I cared more for the money or goods that I would get by trading.
At last a sudden end was put to all my sailing and it is of this that I will tell you.