and he now displayed the most generous
sympathy, not only furnishing a liberal supply of provisions, but relinquishing a vessel from his own fleet.
Preparations were continued; the colony was on the point of embarking, when sails were descried.
had arrived to assume the command; bringing with him supplies of every kind, emigrants with their families, garden seeds
, implements of husbandry, and the various kinds of domestic animals.
, now wild with joy, seemed about to acquire a home, and Calvinism to become fixed in the inviting regions of Florida
had never relinquished her claim to that territory; where, if she had not planted colonies, she had buried many hundreds of her bravest sons.
Should the proud Philip II.
abandon a part of his dominions to France
Should he suffer his commercial monopoly to be endangered by a rival settlement in the vicinity of the West Indies
Should the bigoted Romanist
permit the heresy of Calvinism to be planted in the neighborhood of his Catholic provinces?
There had appeared at the Spanish court a bold commander, well fitted for acts of reckless hostility.
Pedro Melendez de Aviles
had, in a long career of military service, become accustomed to scenes of blood; and his natural ferocity had been confirmed by his course of life.
Often, as a naval officer, encountering pirates, he had become inured to acts of prompt and unsparing vengeance.
He had acquired wealth in Spanish America, which was no school of benevolence; and his conduct there had provoked an inquiry, which.
after a long arrest, ended in his conviction.
The nature of his offences is not apparent; the justice of