succeeded in restoring order.
But the love of his
native land is a passion easily revived in the breast a Frenchman; and the company resolved to embark in such a brigantine as they could themselves construct.
Intoxicated with joy at the thought of returning home,
they neglected to provide sufficient stores; and they were overtaken by famine at sea, with its attendant crimes.
A small English bark at length boarded their vessel, and, setting the most feeble on shore upon the coast of France
, carried the rest to the queen of England
Thus fell the first attempt of France
in French Florida
, near the southern confines of South Carolina
The country was still a desert.1
After the treacherous peace between Charles IX.
and the Huguenots, Coligny
renewed his solicitations for the colonization of Florida
The king gave consent; three ships were conceded for the service; and Laudonniere
, who, in the former voyage, had been upon the American
coast, a man of great intelligence, though a seaman rather than a soldier, was appointed to lead forth the colony.
Emigrants readily appeared; for the climate of Florida
was so celebrated, that, according to rumor, the duration of human life was doubled under its genial influences;2
and men still dreamed of rich mines of gold in the interior.
was desirous of obtaining accurate descriptions of the country; and James le Moyne
, called De Morgues, an ingenious painter, was commissioned to execute colored drawings of the objects which might engage his curi-
osity A voyage of sixty days brought the fleet, by the way of the Canaries and the Antilles, to the shores