Statistics for occurrence #1 of “N. S. Early” in entry de-monts-sieur-pierre-de-gast of Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History:

...oix, built a fort, and there spent a terribly severe winter, that killed half of them. In the spring they returned to Poutrincourt's settlement, which he had named Port Royal—now Annapolis, N. S. Early the next autumn De Monts and Poutrincourt returned to France, leaving Champlain and Pont-Greve to make further explorations. There was a struggle for rule and existence at Port Royal for a few year...
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