Life has been a struggle, but it’s also been fun as well as a new experience. I’m so sorry I haven’t written to you sooner but I had to concentrate more on getting food and shelter for my group. It’s hard surviving without anything. The land we got given was pretty good. We have 2 rivers that run through and we have a small forest and a hill. The first thing we did when we got to the land we build a small cave in the side of the hill. For about 8 days we had to sleep under the trees. The only food we had was apple, oranges, fish and other animals like squires and birds. We barely saw a deer or a bear. We planted crops to make food and we also bought a cow with very little trading supplies. Now our crops are full with oats, strawberries, carrots, and rice plant. We have also planted many more apple and orange tress. Other groups trade us fur in return of a nice warm blanket I’ve made out of fur. We hope to trade for a boy cow so they can breed. With our land we also made a bridge across the river so when people want to come down the river they have to pay to get through. I made skin for the outside of our tipi; we plan to store food and supplies in it for the winter. The weather here has been okay it’s not super-hot in the summer but it’s decent, and in the winter we get lots of snow and the temperature is always different. We get a fair amount of rain too.
My group is very nice and friendly, they are almost like my new family. We are full of many skills. We have a worrier, hunter and fishermen. But me and my sister had a hard time communication with the others because we are the only ones that have knowledge. They still know some skills. Most of my group is fleeing from the change in government but the other guy is fleeing from the law. He is supposed to be in jail. Later on he is going to go still so supplies, I don’t really know what to think about that at the moment.
I miss you guys so much. I wish you guys could have come. I plan to write to you more after the 10 year settlement plan is over. It would also be nice if you could come live with us on the land. But I don’t really know if that’s possible. I haven’t changed much but if I saw you guys you would probably think I have. I have a few scratches and bruises from building things but I haven’t gotten majorly sick, I’m pretty healthy.
November 1509, it’s been 2 years. The queen has come to check our progress and to collect supplies. She asked us to get food, weapons and warriors together for her. The TChichikua First Nations group is coming to attack us. My group decided to provide wheat, vegetables and fruit we are also sending one of our best warriors to fight the war. I am also going to be one of the doctors and help providing medicine to the sick and wounded. Queen Mary Colleen was very happy with what we gave to her. Queen Mary Colleens decide to grant us with 1 more year on our land. That means we can grow more and develop our land more before she comes to check in again.
We want to get more live stock as well as more trees and plants. We will have more to trade and more wood for building. We also want to get more members to join our land. I was asked by another group to come join their community and work with them but I said no. Our land is good I love living there but the other group is fine with me not joining there group, we are all still friends. Our groups work together.
I’m fine joining the war and helping; it will be a great experience. It will help my group keep their land. It will also help the other groups, too. I’m hoping to impress the queen with my doctor skills. Maybe I can help our group keep the land or at least stay on it longer.
I met another settler from another group. Her name is Angelina. She is very nice, and kind. Angelina works for another group to make money and she also works for her group. Her group is all boys. They got stuck with the worst land. All there is one big rock that they had to work around. She trades with me all the time, we secretly trade gold for baskets of fruit.