Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Other circumstances contributed to this conviction, and
strengthened the hostility of the people of Augustine.
They had always beheld the settlements of the Eng-
lish with jealousy, and the establishment of a new
colony, under lord Cardross, a Scotch nobleman, at Port
Royal, served to renew the ancient grudge, and furnished
a new provocation to hostility. They invaded the south-
ern frontiers of the colony, and descended suddenly
upon the Scotch at Port Royal, whom they expelled.
Laying the settlements waste as they went, they as sud-
denly retired, ere men could be mustered to encounter
them, or resent the inroad. The spirit of the Caroli-
nians, whom continued wars had made a martial people,
was at once aroused by this aggression, and they resol-
ved, with one mind, to carry their arms into the enemy's
territory. An expedition was determined upon, and pre-
parations begun for an invasion of Florida. But the
proprietaries hastened to arrest this purpose. They suc-
ceeded for the time ; but the angry feelings which were
brought into activity on this occasion, were never suffer-
ed entirely to sleep ; and they found their utterance but
a few seasons after this event, when, under the govern-
ment of a man fond of warlike enterprizes, the colonists
prepared to feed fat the ancient grudge" which they
bore against their hereditary foes.
James Colleton, a landgrave of Carolina, and brother
of one of the lords proprietors, succeeded to Moreton.
For a time his administration gave universal satisfaction ;
but an endeavor to carry out his instructions, renewed
the old conflicts between the people and their lords, in
all their original virulence and vigor. The progress of