Since two readers have asked for a map showing the characters’ journey across the Atlantic Ocean, I’ve included one here. It’s important to understand, however, that they didn’t have any maps, or GPS. They had no idea what lay ahead of them.
Also, it’s important to note that the land masses would have looked very different back then. For one thing, the water levels were much lower than they are today, up to 60′ lower according to some experts, because much of the ocean water was still bound up in the huge glacial sheets that gave the Ice Age its name. Thus, the shorelines, especially on the east coast ofMexico and along the Antilles islands would have been much farther out, and many of the islands would have been connected, at least sometimes.
All that said, the map gives a general idea of the route they took. The ocean currents off the Cape Verde Islands would have swept them south and then west, in the same path many hurricanes take today, ending up in the Gulf of Mexico.
Follow the dark line from the coast of West Africa to the Cape Verde Islands then swing south and west across the ocean to the Grenadines and up the Antilles chain to Cuba, then across the Gulf of Mexico to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Mexico.