of a magnificent river.
The greatest ships of France
and the argosies of Venice
could ride securely in the deep water of the harbor.
The site for a first settlement is apt to be injudiciously selected; the local advantages which favor the growth of large cities, are revealed by time.
It was perhaps on Parris Island
, that a monumental stone, engraved with the arms of France
, was proudly raised; and as the company looked round upon the immense oaks, which were venerable from the growth of centuries, the profusion of wild fowls, the groves of pine, the flowers so fragrant that the whole air was perfumed, they already regarded the country as a province of their native land.
determined to leave a colony; twenty-six composed the whole party, which was to keep possession of the continent.
Fort Charles, the Carolina
so called in honor of Charles IX.
, first gave a name to the country, a century before it was occupied by the English
The name remained, though the early colony perished.2
and the ships arrived safely in France
the fires of civil war had been kindled in all the provinces of the kingdom; and the promised reinforcements for Carolina
were never levied.
The situation of the French
The natives were friendly; but the soldiers themselves were insubordinate; and dissensions prevailed.
The commandant at Carolina
repressed the turbulent spirit with arbitrary cruelty, and lost his life in a mutiny which his ungovernable passion had provoked.
The new commander