Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
duced our strength that his own might more completely
do the work."
Sailing along the coast, he discovered a fine haven
and beautiful river, to which he gave the name of St.
Augustine, and where he subsequently founded the noble
fortress of that place. Continuing his route northwardly,
he discovered a portion of the fleet of Ribault. The
French, as he approached, demanded his name and ob-
ject. "I am Melendez of Spain," was the reply :�" I
am sent with strict orders from my king, to gibbet and
behead all the Protestants in these regions. The French-
man who is a Catholic I will spare,�every heretic
shall die."