Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
one voice they adopted his resolution. They declared
their wish to follow him and avenge the murder of their
countrymen, and the dishonor done to France.
De Gourgues himself had but the one object. He did
not seek to colonize; his force was too small for that.
But it was sufficient, under his guidance, and moved by
his spirit, for the purposes of destruction. Nor was his
vengeance long delayed. The shores of Florida soon
after rose in sight, and so entirely unsuspicious of danger
were the Spaniards in possession of La Caroline, that
they gave the fleet of De Gourgues a salute as it ap-
peared. This salute he returned, the better to confirm
them in their dangerous security ; and passing on to the
river, by the French called the Seine, he entered it and
came to a landing with his men. Here he was soon dis-
covered by a formidable body of the savages, headed by
no less than eight of their principal chiefs. They recog-
nized the French costume and language, and their delight
was unmeasured. Before De Gourgues could declare his
purpose, they denounced the Spaniards, as well for their
murders of the French, as for their own repeated wrongs
to themselves, and declared their desire to destroy them.
So desirable an offer was at once accepted. They were
provided with pikes, swords and daggers, and at once
embodied with the French, though still under the com-
mand of their own warriors, one of whom, named
Olotocara, greatly distinguished himself in the assault
upon the Spanish forts. These were three in number ;
that of La Caroline being strengthened by two similar
structures immediately contiguous. De Gourgues made
his approaches with the coolness of a veteran. He sent