Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
voyage of sixty days brought the voyagers to the shores
of New France, which they reached the 25th of June,
1564. They proceeded to May river, where they were
received by the Indians with the warmest shows of
friendship. They carried Laudonniere to see a pillar of
stone which Ribault had set up in a former voyage, and
the satisfaction of the Europeans may be imagined, when
they beheld the pillar crowned with chaplets of laurels
and other flowers, while its base was encircled with
baskets of provisions, with which these generous children
of the forest testified the unqualified measure of their
friendship for their strange visitors. The Indians had
learned glibly to pronounce the French word " ami" sig-
nifying "friend ;" and with this word in their mouths,
men and women followed in crowds the progress of
the vessels, as they coasted along the shore, showing
a degree of attachment for their visitors, which seems to
have had the unusual effect of producing a corresponding
kindness in return. The French did not abuse a con-
fidence so courteously expressed, and the future pages of
this narrative, however painful to read where the dealings
of the Europeans with each other are recorded, bear few
evidences of that cruelty and wrong towards the Indian,
which blacken so many of the histories of European
Laudonniere, after some delays, in which he seemed
to have almost forgotten one of the objects of his voyage,
resumed it and proceeded northwardly, until he received
tidings of the fate of the colony he came to succour.
The news discouraged him in his design of visiting Port
Royal. He stopped short, and for various reasons re-