Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
upon their monarch, that a people, removed three thou-
sand miles from the presence of their rulers, can neither
be protected by their care, nor enfeebled by their exac-
With the administration of Blake, who died in the
year 1700, ended the short term of tranquility which
had originated with Archdale's government. He was
succeeded by James Moore, a man of considerable talent
and military enterprise, ambitious in a high degree, and
an industrious seeker after popularity. He renewed the
traffic in Indians, begun in the time of West, and pre-
pared to avenge upon the Spaniards at St. Augustine,,
the frequent attacks which they had made upon the Car-
olinians. A rupture between England and Spain at this
time, made that a legitimate enterprise, which, a few
years before, had been arrested by the proprietors as
wholly unjustifiable. Moore checked the domestic quar-
rels of the Carolinians, by the suggestion of this favorite
expedition. Florida, he assured the people, would be
an easy conquest. Her treasures of gold and silver were
proposed as the rewards of valor. The wrongs which they
had sustained from the Spaniards, were such as, when
dwelt upon, were sufficient to warm them to the desire
of vengeance. His eloquence was successful, as well in
the assembly as among the people. His proposition
was adopted by a great majority and in spite of the ear-
nest opposition of a prudent few, who could not be de-
ceived by the brilliant picture of success which had
been held up to the imaginations of all. Two thousand
pounds sterling were voted for the service ; six hundred
provincial militia raised, out of a population of about