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At the quay, a large crowd had gathered to welcome Antonio as his ships threw anchor. As Antonio and his men walked down the planks, they were greeted jubilantly. There was euphoria all around as the merchants and others cheered the victorious soldiers. One of the senior merchants walked up to Antonio.
‘Sire, we are extremely grateful to you for relieving us of this pirate menace. Over the weeks, we have faced terrible loss of life and property. You have saved us. You are our hero.’
‘It’s nothing Senor, this is my duty.’
The merchant raised his fist high in the air. ‘Long live Captain Antonio!’ The air reverberated with the crowd’s voice as they repeated the words