Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.121
as soon as the Cherokees were overcome, and the French
and Spaniards driven from her borders. Multitudes of
emigrants from all parts of Europe, flocked to the interior,
and pursuing the devious progress of the streams, sought
out their sources, and planted their little colonies on the
sides of lofty hills, or in the bosom of lovely vallies.
Six hundred poor German settlers arrived in one body ;
Ireland poured forth such numbers from her northern
counties, as almost threatened the depopulation of the
kingdom. Scarce a ship sailed for any of the plantations,
that was not crowded with men, women and children,
seeking the warm and fertile regions of Carolina, of which
such glowing tidings had reached their ears, and where
the land was proffered in bounties to all new comers.
Nor did the colony receive these accessions from Europe
only. In the space of a single year, more than a thou-
sand families with their effects, their cattle, hogs and
horses, crossed the Alleghanies from the eastern settle-
ments, and pitched their tents upon the Carolinian fron-
tier. These accessions brought strength and security to
the province. In proportion as the number of white in-
habitants increased, its danger from the savages was les-
sened. With numbers came the exercise of mind as well
as body, and this exercise, as it taught them their impor-
tance to Great Britain, soon induced a natural pride in
their own strength, and a proper jealousy of their liber-
ties. They had hitherto obeyed a foreign government,
as they had been indebted to its power for protection.
But their increase of numbers, their vast extent of terri-
tory, the variety of their productions, and the wealth
which these necessarily procured, gradually subtracted
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