Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.67
moment of its greatest distress, and who now exposed its
weaknesses to the invaders. The Spaniards continued
to advance under his guidance ; but, in the meantime, the
vessel bringing supplies of men and munitions of war,
fortunately arrived in Ashley river.
This reinforcement enabled the governor to assume the
offensive. He despatched fifty volunteers, under colonel
Godfrey, to meet the invaders ; but the Spaniards did not
await his attack. They fled at his approach, evacuating
St. Helena island, of which they had full possession, and
retreated with all haste to Augustine. This attempt of
the Spaniards, though conducted with little spirit, and
distinguished by no combat, was the prelude to a long
succession of conflicts between the two colonies, result-
ing in mutual invasion, and unprofitable and unnecessary
loss of blood and treasure.
To conciliate the Indian tribes, and escape from that
harrassing and constant warfare which they had waged
upon the colony from the beginning, was now the chief
object of governor Yeamans. But one circumstance, at
this time, contributed more than any thing beside to the
peace of the settlement. The Westos, who had always
harbored the most unconquerable aversion to the whites,
and who were doubly dangerous from their near neigh-
borhood, were suddenly invaded by the Serannas, a
powerful tribe living on the Isundiga river. A war fol-
lowed between them, which was waged with so fatal a
fury, as to end in the almost complete annihilation of both.
The Carolinians, without doubt, as a matter of policy,
encouraged the hostile fury of the combatants ; at all
events, they found security from its continuance, and
were finally rid of two fierce neighbors when it ended.