dollars annually; and now Spain
, as a compen-
sation for Havana
, made over to England
the territory which occasioned this fruitless expense.
Most of the people, receiving from the Spanish
treasury indemnity for their losses, migrated to Cuba
, taking with them the bones of their saints and the ashes of their distinguished dead; leaving, at St. Augustine
, their houses of stone, in that climate imperishable, without occupants, and not so much as a grave tenanted.
The western province of Florida
extended west and north to the Mississippi
, in the latitude of thirty-one degrees.
On the twentieth of October the French
surrendered the post of Mobile
, with its brick fort,1
which was fast crumbling to ruins.
A month later the
slight stockade at Tombecbe,2
in the west of the Choctaw
country, was delivered up. In all this England
gained nothing for the time but an unhealthy station for her troops, for whom there was long no shelter but low huts of bark.
To secure peace at the south, the Secretary of State
had given orders3
to invite a congress of the southern tribes, the Catawbas, Cherokees, Creeks, Chicasaws and Choctaws; and in a convention held on the tenth of November, at Augusta
, at which the governors of Virginia
and the colonies south of it were present, the peace with the Indians4
of the south and southwest was ratified.
The head man and chiefs of both the upper and lower Creek nations, whose warriors were thirty-six hundred in number,