Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
meeting between themselves and the Europeans, and the
very spot on which it took place is supposed, and with
strong probability, to be that now occupied by the town of
Coosawhatchie, a name borrowed from the aborigines.
On an island-by some conjectured to be Lemon
Island, by others, Beaufort�Ribault raised a monument
of free stone, on which the arms of France were
engraved, and took possession of the fertile domain, in
the name of his sovereign. Here he built a fortress,
"in length but a sixteen fathom, and thirteen in breadth,
with flanks according to the proportion thereof," in which
he pjoced provisions and warlike munitions, and to which
he gave the name of Fort Charles, in honor of the reign-
ing monarch of France. At the persuasion of Ribault,
twenty-six of his men consented to garrison his fort, and
when he had provided, as he supposed, sufficiently for
their safety, he set sail for France, leaving one captain
Albert in command of the colony.