19 June, 1809 Edit
It has never been a better time to be a slave. This sounds contradictory, but it is true. Revolution is in the air. I can feel it, and my master is slumped in his study mumbling about how unfortunate the revolution would be for his business. Master Martinez has been pacing steadily for about a week, and he gets angry at his wife and his son for no reason. It really is becoming quite a pain to clean up after he gets angry and pushes his dinner off the table. I’m hopeful though. For how much Master hates this man, José de San Martin, he must be doing something right. Master Martinez is a very powerful trader, and most of his business is with Spain. It makes sense, Spain being out mother country and all. Master has lost a lot of business with all of this talk of revolution. Imagine what would happen if this revolution did take place. The Peruvians want independence. I would love to have independence. I was born into slavery. My mother and father are both slaves. I used to work alongside them in the fields, but I was recently promoted to be a house slave. I usually just clean, like a maid, or set the table and tend to the little girl, Sophia. Sophia is three, and is so lucky to have no idea what’s brewing amongst her. She’s a happy little girl, with an older brother, 10, who receives the brunt of his father’s anger. He was named José, after his grandfather on his mother’s side. His mother can’t intervene either, because she holds no authority in this household. Well, except over slaves like me. However, back to Master Martinez’s situation, which currently doesn’t look good. He has already lost half of his business, and this war for independence hasn’t even begun. I have high hopes though. Maybe if Peru can gain their independence from Spain, my family and I can also be free. But, if there is no revolution for independence at all, there is definitely no hope for me. So, while my Master paces and prays that there will be no war for independence, I hide in the shadows and pray against him. I’ve never been one to go against the master’s wishes, but here I must think of myself first. Oh, shoot. Sophia is crying, I must go tend to her now.
12 July, 1814 Edit
My prayers have been answered! I would have recorded this sooner, but everything has been so hectic around the Martinez household. Master Martinez is as angry as I have ever seen him. The Peninsular Wars have finally ended. I would think he would be happy that the carnage has ended. 5 years after my first entry and the wars are over. It took 7 years, and they finally came to a close. I think Master is angry because they have been setting up their own governments. He’s afraid the hatred towards the Spanish government will spread down to here and he will lose even more business. Life for me still hasn’t changed that much. I still watch after little Sophia, who is now 8 and starting to grasp the struggles her father is going through. José is now 15, and as outgoing as ever. He secretly supports the independence. He wants to be a new government official. Jose would be thrown out of the house if his father ever found out. Me, at my old age of 18, I can understand Jose’s need to reach out, and help his fellow Peruvians. After being blamed for so long for troubles that had nothing to do with him, it only makes sense that he would start to want to cause his father problems. His poor mother is not doing too well, because Master Martinez is rarely home. It can get hard for her to manage all the slaves they have on her own. I feel no pity for my Master. He gets whatever is coming to him. Having all of these slaves must teach him something. He has no right to make people feel less than they are. If Peru gains their independence from Spain, maybe they will also give all of their people freedom. I am a person of Peru, aren’t I? I guess that’s been the problem the whole time. Who am I to consider myself a person? And with this revolution, maybe I will be able to prove myself worthy enough to be considered a person. If Peru can be free from its master, Spain, and it gives me hope that maybe one day, I will also be free from my Master. The Wars for independence are not over, and the good people of Peru will continue to fight for their freedom, and I will quietly encourage them. I cover up for José when he goes out to his meetings. They must be so encouraging. No one’s out rallying slaves yet, though. I’m keeping my ear to the ground and listening to all the gossip. I don’t know how else I can help. I’m trying though, and hopefully that’s all that matters.
30 July, 1821 Edit
Independence has been officially announced. José de San Martin, he must be a very smart man. Master Martinez is very angry, but there’s not much he can do. He is old now, and in failing health. His son, Jose junior, as I’ve taken to calling him, is now 22 and a strong part of the revolution. He was kicked out of the house after he told his father. However, the words passed from father to son were true. Master Martinez needs to accept the fact that this independence is happening. It will be good for so many people. Not us slaves though. I say this a lot but, nothing has changed for me. I remain completely and utterly enslaved in this mansion. Master Martinez still makes money. He was just a grumpy old man who didn’t want anything to change. Mrs. Martinez, well she got better. She is actually looking forward to seeing her son in the government. Sophia is growing up to be a lovely young girl. Spoiled as ever, though, and I have to help he with everything. It can get annoying. My high hopes for the revolution and my own freedom are abolished. I realized I was born into slavery, and my status as a slave will not change in my lifetime. <ref>"Simón Bolívar: "Letter from Jamaica" (1815)." World History: The Modern Era. ABC-CLIO, 2009. Web. NCHS, 30 Nov. 2009. http://www.worldhistory.abc-clio.com.<ref> I will forever be stuck under the command of the Martinez family. Maybe Jose will free me when he inherits me. I doubt it. Peruvians wanted freedom for themselves. I am not a Peruvian, I guess.
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