Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.71
in defence of their possessions, and in the war that
ensued, which was waged by the Stonos with singular
hate and perseverance, it was found necessary to fix a
price upon every Indian brought in as a captive. The
savages thus taken, were shipped to the West Indies and
sold as slaves. This mode of getting rid of cruel and
treacherous enemies, however justified by ancient practice,
has been deemed more barbarous than taking their lives.
On this head, there will be a difference of opinion so long
as the standards of humanity vary in various climates.
The planters of that day, did not even see the necessity
of vindicating themselves against such a charge, and their
descendants seem to have grown up in the same faith.
Without discussing the propriety of this course of conduct,
it may be enough to say, that it was attended with the
desired results. The Stonos were defeated after a long
and obstinate conflict. Their name alone remains to
distinguish the site of their former habitations.