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1. What did Christopher Columbus discover?
The most important thing now is to make sure we have enough to eat over the next year. If we plant seeds now, we'll be able to harvest the crops and we'll be fine in the coming winter. We're learning a lot from Squanto, who is helping us with everything. We all understand how many mistakes we'd been making before we met him and how important his friendship is.
Our governor died today. I'm too sad to write. We hoped so much that there wouldn't be any more deaths.
William Bradford was elected as our new governor. What a good choice!
Squanto and I are becoming good friends. When he has time, he sits down with his long pipe and tells me about his adventures.
Squanto continues to surprise me. Today he spotted the ring that I always wear on my chest. It is our old family ring, which has been in our clan since ancient times. "I have always known that you were not an ordinary man," he exclaimed. "You come from a family of great wizards. I've been expecting you for a long time." When I asked him to explain what he meant, he just laughed. But Squanto is right. Everything he said about me is true, but how on earth did he find out?
When I came to the New World, I had hoped that here I'd be able to have a new start, that I could forget my past and enjoy a simple life like everybody else. How naive I was! Today everything has changed. Squanto told me his story and shared his secret with me. This secret will be with me forever, and there isn't a single soul in the world I can tell. At the moment I can't say anything even to you, my unknown friend. Not nowvnot before I decide what to do.
I still haven't decided, but I think I should write down Squanto's story. If you, my friend, ever read this diary, I want you to understand me, so I'll write as much as I can.
"I have seen a lot in my life. Ever since I was a child, there have been white men around. They came from faraway lands on big ships. They always fascinated me because they were so different from us. I made friends with some of the sailors and acted as their guide and translator. Our chief didn't like what I did, he didn't trust white men, but I was sure that there was no reason for us to fight them. One of my new friends, Captain John Smith, was a good, honest man. We shared the same ideas, and when he went back to England, he took me with him. We both thought it would be very important for the English to see what Indians were like so that our nations could find out more about each other. After a short stay in England, I decided to go back to my land. I went on the ship of another English captain, who had promised to get me home safely. But instead of keeping his word, he sold me into slavery, to the Spanish. Luckily, I was bought by monks. They taught me to read and write. Sometimes the monks told me stories about great people and their great deeds."
"My teachers were kind, but I didn't agree with them. In fact, the more I learned about white men's civilization, the less I liked it. In my opinion, it was greed and nothing more that led Columbus across the ocean. When I read some books, I was horrified: after Columbus thousands of greedy Spanish went to my continent and destroyed the ancient civilizations of the Incas, the Aztecs and the Maya. The Spanish were looking for gold and this cost the lives of thousands of Indians. After some years in Spain, I finally had a chance to go home. When I got there, to my horror, I found out that all my tribe had died out. Diseases brought by white men had killed them. I was the only one left.
Then I remembered about the greatest treasure of my tribe. The treasure was sacred to us all: our tribe had kept it for thousands of years. It used to be hidden in a cave deep in the forest, but this place was not a big secret. I went to the forest and found the treasure in its usual place. Then I sat down and started to think. I didn't know what to do next.
I couldn't leave the treasure there and I didn't dare destroy it. After all, I had found out about the white men, I understood that if they found the treasure it would be a catastrophe. Not only the Indians, but the continent and all its mountains, rivers, forests and even the animals would be in danger. I decided to stay near the graves of my tribe and guard the treasure myself. When your ships came, I watched you for a long time. I know that the Pilgrims are not bad people, they are better than a lot of other white men. I felt sorry for them and decided to help. When I met you, Robin, my first feeling was that you were different from the other Pilgrims. I trusted you more than anybody else, I wanted to talk to you, and then... I saw your ring. I recognized it. The same ring is engraved on the stone wall, near where the treasure lies. You are the man I have been expecting all these years. Forgive me for this, but now the destiny of the treasure and the whole New World is in your hands."
I found Squanto's story very interesting, but it didn't worry me. I thought he was exaggerating the importance of his treasure. So I let him take me to the sacred cave in the forest where he showed me the treasure. At first, I felt surprised when I saw the very ordinary thing that was hidden in the stone wall, but very soon even without Squanto's help I understood what it really was. The danger of this ordinary-looking thing was so big that even in my secret diary I don't dare write another word to describe it. Then I thought what might happen if somebody found it. At that moment I felt sorry that I had gone to the New World at all. Suddenly England with all its dangers seemed a cosy, attractive place, but it was too late. Squanto had told me the truth: the future of the New World lay in my hands.
I t's been more than a month since I became the guard for the treasure.
Finally, we found the answer. The idea came unexpectedly. Squanto and I were talking about the treasure as usual when Squanto said, "It's a bit strange, Robin. You and I both know that you come from a family of great wizards, but you can't do anything useful." "Like what?" I asked. "Like healing people, making things invisible, moving mountains, predicting the future...," Squanto went on, but I wasn't listening any more. I already knew what to do. "You're quite right," I sighed. "I'm not a very useful wizard.
My dear friend,
Governor Bradford had a great idea. He said that because the New World had been so kind to us and the harvest is so good we should celebrate and give thanks to God and to the Indians who have been helping us. So we are getting ready for the day they are calling Thanksgiving, and Squanto has been sent to invite Massasoit and his tribe.
The celebrations went on for three days. Our women cooked corn and turkeys, the huge birds that live here. The Indians brought some of their own food, and we all had a very good time. I'm feeling awfully sad because today I'm leaving the Pilgrims. I hope I'll be able to come back and see them again, but I'm trying not to hope for too much.
I'm back and I'm alive. I had to spend all this time in the future and the things that I saw there didn't make me happy. But I gave my word to Squanto and I had to keep my promise: I left the treasure in the distant future. And now as I promised I'll tell you, my friend, how to find it. I'll give you some clues which nobody in the next three hundred and fifty years will be able to understand. However, for people in the future after that these clues will be clear and easy. I'm sure, my friend, you will make no mistake about this unique place, which in your time will become famous across the whole world.
So follow me and walk the road of stars, then come to the hills that shine with gold. Here is a map to help you if you have any trouble.
When you find it, it will be for you to decide what you'll do with it. I can't give you any advice. I can only pray that the treasure is found a long way into the future and that when it happens, no harm will be done.
And now I'll have to say good luck and goodbye. My journey is over. I'll go back to my friends, the Pilgrims, and help them as much as I can. Much love and always your friend,
1. The most important thing on 15 April was
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1. The Scottish king, James, got the crown of England in ... .
1. What's the holiday called?
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К. И. Кауфман, М. Ю. Кауфман Английский язык: Счастливый английский.ру / Happy English.ru: Учебник англ. яз. для 9 кл. общеобраз. учрежд.— Обнинск: Титул, 2008.— 288 с: ил.
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