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[156] that were most feeble, and to carry the rest unto the Queen of England, which purposed at that time to send into Florida.
[They finally reached England, having doubtless made the first voyage across the Atlantic ever accomplished in an American-built vessel.]

Iii.—Laudonniere's search for the colonists.

[Laudonniere sailed with three ships, April 22, 1564, on an expedition in search of the men whom Ribaut had left at Port Royal nearly two years before. He reached the St. John's River a little more than two months later.]

The second voyage into Florida, made and written by Capt. Laudonniere, which fortified and inhabited there two summers and one whole winter. . . . .

The next day, the 23d of this month,1—because that toward the south I had not found any commodious place for us to inhabit, and to build a fort,—I gave commandment to weigh anchor, and to hoist our sails to sail toward the River of May,2 where we arrived two days after, and cast anchor. Afterward going on land with some number of gentlemen and soldiers, to know for a certainty the singularities of this place, we espied the paracoussey3 of the country, which came towards us, —this was the very same that we saw in the voyage of Capt. John Ribaut. Which, having espied us, cried very far off, ‘Antipola, antipola!’ And, being so joyful that he could not contain himself, he came to meet us, accompanied with two of his sons, as fair and mighty

1 June.

2 St. John's River.

3 Chief.

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