Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 16THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
tude of St. Augustine, where he discovered the river St. John's, to which he gave the name of May River. Thence he pursued a northerly course along the coast, still in search of the Jordan, and naming the various streams which he discovered as he proceeded, after well known rivers of France. The St. Mary's, for the time, became the Seine ; the Satilla, the Somme ; the Altamaha, the Loire ; the Ogechee, the Garonne ; and the Savannah, the Gironde. The names which he conferred upon the rivers of South Carolina, they still partially retain. The Belle is now the May," and the Grande, the "Broad." While he proceeded in his search for the Jordan," his two vessels were separated by a storm, in which one of them was supposed, for a time, to be lost ; but she had anchored in a bay which seemed the outlet of some magnificent river. To this bay, " because of the fairnesse and largenesse there-of," he gave the name of Port Royale.
" Here," says the narrative of Ribault, "wee stroke our sailes, and cast anker at ten fathom of water; for the depth is such when the sea beginneth to flow, that the greatest shippes of France, yea, the arguzies of Venice, may enter in there."
The delighted Huguenots landed upon the northern bank of the entrance of Port Royal, which they believed to be one of the mouths of the Jordan, and gave them-selves up for a time to the contemplation of the aspects of the new world, which seemed to them no less beautiful than strange. The mighty oaks, and the "infinite store of cedars," enforced their wonder, and as they passed through the woods, they saw "turkey cocks flying in the