had begun to settle the region with a
colony of Protestants; and Calvinism, which, with the special cooperation of Calvin himself, had, for a short season, occupied the coasts of Brazil
and the harbor of
was now to be planted on the borders of Florida
had long desired to establish a refuge for the Huguenots, and a Protestant French empire, in America
Disappointed in his first effort, by the apostasy and faithlessness of his agent, Villegagnon, he still persevered; moved alike by religious zeal, and by a passion for the honor of France
The expedition which he now planned was intrusted to the
command of John Ribault
, a brave man, of maritime experience, and a firm Protestant, and was attended by some of the best of the young French nobility, as well as by veteran troops.
The feeble Charles IX.
conceded an ample commission, and the
squadron set sail for the shores of North America
Desiring to establish their plantation in a genial clime, land was first made in the latitude of St. Augustine
; the fine river which we call the St. Johns
was discovered, and named the River
It is the St.
of the Spaniards.
The forests of mulberries were admired, and caterpillars readily mistaken for silkworms.
The cape received a French name; as the ships sailed along the coast, the numerous streams were called after the rivers of France
; and America
, for a while, had its Seine, its Loire
, and its Garonne.
In searching for the Jordan
, they came upon Port Royal
which seemed the outlet