Roaming ‘Round The World Part 1
1492 - 1505
* In The Portuguese Court In Lisboa *
Joao II: So, basically what you’re saying is unless you help me, history will be as boring as hell?
Van Engel: Yeah basically. I have been given special powers, including; longevity, sightseeing and political greatness. So with my help Portugal will be a great nation.
Joao II: Don’t believe ya, you’re just another Heretic. Shall I tell you what we do with heretics? We send them to Tangiers.
Van Engel: Ok, fine deport me to Tangiers and history will be doomed forever!
Joao II: Ok no-problemo, GUARDS!! Take him away.
* Van Engel Wrestles with the guards *
Van Engel: Ok, ok fine, what will you believe?
Joao II: That you’re a really smart Venetian who is gifted in Diplomacy.
Van Engel: What I really meant was I’m a really smart Venetian gifted in Diplomacy.
Joao II: Oh great we need one of those, welcome aboard!
Van Engel (whispering):Oh God he’s dumb
Joao II: sorry what was that?
Van Engel: Nothing, nothing, when do I start?
Joao II: Straight away, we have a little bit of diplomacy with the Spanish to do, something about Tangiers.
Van Engel: Ok great, I’ll get on it!
* In the Spanish Court *
As Van Engel walks into the court he sees his good friend and college Flamey standing slightly behind the Drag Queen known as ‘Isabel y Fernando’.
Isabel y Fernando: Welcome to our court Van Engel
Van Engel: I thank you my… king… ur… lady? Isabel y Fernando (Turning slightly red): King…Van Engel: Thank you O king. Well getting down to business, Tangiers, why do you want it?
Isabel y Fernando: Well, as you know there is a recently discovered passage between Tangiers and Gibraltar. If you sell us it to us, we can draw manpower from North Africa.
* Van Engel nods like he knows what Isabel y Fernando is on about *
Van Engel: Yep sure, whatever you want. But we need some cash… How about 500d?
Isabel y Fernando: Great! Well you will have the money in 5 years don’t worry, in the mean time we’re gonna DoW Morocco so you need to leave now so the arabs can have their say. Van Engel: Great, plus Joao wants you round for tea, so have your people write to mine.
Isabel y Fernando: Good good. Farewell!
* Back in Lisboa *
Joao II: Right well-done Van E. Can I call you that?
Van Engel: Well actually…
Joao II: Great! Well Van E. your job is done for a bit, though if you hang around for a sec, you will meat our trepid explorers.
Van E.: Yep, great I can sort out too what we will explore.
* After 10 minutes, a man jumps through the doors dressed as a pirate *
Diaz (lifting up his fake eye-patch): Well hello everyone!
Joao II: Hey! You up to play some pirates? I’ve bought a new cutlass!
Diaz: I’ll take you up on that some time, but first I have to go on a trip to India. ARGGH!
Joao II (Trying to look cool): ARGGGH mi harties!
Diaz: Yeah whatever… (Turning to Van Engel) Right you must be the new guy around here and you have my orders.
Van E.: First you need to round the Cape and settle there, moving then on to India, setting up new colonies and the target of your mission is Gao, they have plenty of “herbs” (wink) there.
Diaz: I get you matey! Off I go to fame and fortune!
Van E.: Good luck and try to colonize will you!
Joao II: And bring back plenty of herbs!
* Diaz Leaves for India *
Over the next few years during Diaz’s travels to the Far East, new lands were discovered along the coast of Africa and new trading posts and colonies were set up, mainly upon the Cape of Good Hope.
The Years passed and explorers came and went and the world was bit by bit being explored. Portuguese conquistadors landed in Brazil in 1502 and 5 trading posts had been set up to export the newly found tobacco and sugar back to the homeland. Bars all over Portugal were selling the new drugs and they were a great success, consequenting in a lasting settlement being founded in 1504.
Explorers pushing west also had great success, with a major settlement in Goa and trading posts in India and even in Jakarta.
In Europe, Spain had pushed into North Africa; Poland had been on an annexation spree and had been in a fatal war with Austria until 1505, The Ottoman Empire had beaten the Persians early, England had almost united Britain Muscowy had started its long war with the hordes coming over the Urals…