Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
forests, partridges, grey and red, little different from our's, but chiefly in bigness ;" they "heard within the woods the voices of stags, of bears, of hyenas, of leopards, and divers other sorts of beasts, unknown unto us.""Being delighted with the place," they set themselves " to fishing with nets, and caught such a number of fish that it was wonderful."
Having refreshed themselves with the fruits, the flesh, and the fish of this prolific region, with a curiosity stimulated by what they had already seen, the Huguenots ascended the river about fifteen leagues, in their pinnaces, when they beheld a group of Indians, who, at their approach, "fled into the woods, leaving behind them a young lucerne, which they were a turning upon a spit ; for which cause the place was called Cape Lucerne." Proceeding farther, Ribault came to an arm of the river, which he entered, leaving the main stream.
A little while after, they began to espy divers other Indians, both men and women, half hidden within the woods ;" these " were dismayed at first, but soon after emboldened, for the captain caused stores of merchandize to be showed them openly, whereby they knew that we meant nothing but well unto them, and then they made a sign that we should come on land, which we would not refuse." The savages saluted Ribault after their barbarous fashion, and brought skins, baskets made of palm leaves, and a few pearls, which they freely bestowed upon the strangers. They even began to build an arbour, to protect their visitors from the sun ; but the Huguenots refused to linger. There is a tradition among the Indians, which preserves correctly the events of this