Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The History of South Carolina, From Its First European Discovery to Its Erection into a Republic >> Chapter I >> Page 9

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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
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The Carolinas, North and South, forming twin prov-
inces under the British dominion in America, were an-
ciently a part of that extensive territory, known to the
European world under the several names of Virginia,
Florida, and New France. They extended northwardly
along the coast, until they reached the confines of Vir-
ginia ; southwardly as far as the Bay of Mexico, and
stretched away, for many hundred miles, into the dense
forests of the interior. Three great nations contended,
on grounds of nearly equal justice, for the possession
of the soil.
England laid claim to it, according to one class of
writers, by virtue of a grant from the Roman Pontiff ;
by others, her right was founded upon a supposed dis-
covery of its shores in 1497, by John Cabot, an Italian,
and his son, Sebastian, both in the service of Henry
the Seventh. The Cabots approached the continent
of North America, and penetrated some of its bays and
rivers, nearly fourteen months before it was beheld by
Columbus ; but made no attempt at occupancy.