Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription CHAPTER II.
Ribault continued his voyage northwardly along the
coast, but made no discoveries of any importance, and
though he penetrated some rivers in his pinnace, he
effected no landing. His crews became impatient for
their own country. His officers congratulated him on
having discovered "in six weeks, more than the Span-
iards had done in two years in the conquest of their New
Spaine ;" and pleased and satisfied with this conviction,
his prows were turned to the east. He reached France
in safety ; but the fires of civil war, which the sagacious
mind of Coligny had anticipated, were already blazing
in that kingdom. The admiral, struggling with dangers
at home, and beset by powerful foes, against whom he
could barely, and only transiently maintain himself, was
in no condition to send supplies to the colony in Carolina.
The forlorn few who remained in that wild country, were
left to themselves, to their own enterprize, courage, and
industry-qualities which, if exercised, might have amply
sustained them among the hospitable natives ; but which
seem to have been utterly banished from their minds, by
rashness, improvidence, and the most unhappy dissentions.
When first left by their companions, the twenty-six
Frenchmen, under their captain, Albert, duly impressed
with their isolation, proceeded, without intermission of
labor, to fortify themselves in their habitations. This
done, they proceeded to explore the country, and made