Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The History of South Carolina, From Its First European Discovery to Its Erection into a Republic >> Chapter VIII >> Page 75

image of pageExplore Inside

Page 75

History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
of themselves in turn. But the pirates did not confine
themselves to Spanish vessels ; else it is probable that
that they might still have pursued their excesses with im-
punity in the waters of Carolina. There, the ports were
freely opened to them, provisions supplied, and they
were received as the favored guests of the planters.
The hostility entertained by these reckless rovers against
the Spaniards, the mortal foes of the Carolinians, was,
perhaps, the true reason of the countenance which they
found among the latter. It suggests the only reason which
may serve, in some respect, to justify the colonists for
the favor which they showed them. The governor, the
proprietary deputies, and the principal inhabitants, are
said to have equally stained themselves with this unbe-
coming intercourse ; and the obloquy which they thus
incurred, was only obliterated in the manly warfare in
which they subsequently drove them from their waters.
Their feebleness may have made them sanction the
presence of those whom they did not dare to offend ; and
the fact that the pirates chiefly warred against their in-
veterate enemies, the Spaniards, constituted them, in one
respect, worthy allies, whom it was their policy to en-
It is certain, in support of this view of the subject,
that the Spaniards themselves regarded in this light, the
countenance which the Carolinians showed the pirates.
They beheld the enemies who had infested their shores,
and destroyed their shipping, sheltered and received as
friends in Ashley river ; and if no such policy influenced
the Carolinians, they were at least required to atone, as
allies, for the excesses of those whom they received
with the kindness due to allies only.