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Messina, Sicily ~ October 1347
“Leave, go far away! You and your sailors have brought death and destruction to our city! Board your ships and be gone!”
Genoa, Italy ~ January 1348
“Papa! Papa! They’re here!” a young boy shouted with excitement as three Genoese ships sailed into the Mediterranean harbor from Messina. His dark curls were whipped across his face as the wind picked up, sending a chill through his bones. But he didn’t care. He loved watching his father unload trading ships and come home with treasures upon treasures galore. His father regarded him with a sigh and ruffled his hair.
“What will it be this time, Papa?” the boy asked. A number of things popped into his head. Exotic spices, silks, jewels – the list went on and on.
“Patience, bambino,” said his father. Continue reading