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ngland, protected New York by a mutual compact of neutrality. South Carolina, bordering on Spanish Florida; New England, which had so often conquered Acadia, and coveted the fisheries; were alone involved in the direct evils of war. South Carolina began colonial hostilities. Its gov- 1702 Sept. ernor, James Moore, by the desire of the commons, placed himself at the head of an expedition for the states S. C. Statutes II. 189, 195. reduction of St. Augustine. The town was easily rav- Marston, in Hawks Mss. i. 180 aged; but the garrison retreated to the castle, and the besiegers waited the arrival of heavy artillery. To obtain it, a sloop was sent to Jamaica; but an emissary had already announced the danger to Bienville, at Mobile, who conveyed the intelligence to the Spanish Martin, i. 158. viceroy; and, when two Spanish vessels of war appeared near the mouth of the harbor, Moore abandoned his ships and stores, and retreated by land. The colony, burdened with debt, pleaded t
even into villages of the Choctas. Still more intimate were their commercial relations with the branches of the Muskhogees in the immediate vicinity of the province, especially with the Yamassees, who, from impatience at the attempts at their Marston, in Hawks' Mss. i. 1. conversion to Christianity, had deserted their old abodes in Florida, and planted themselves from Port Royal Island along the north-east bank of the Savannah River. The tribes of Carolina had been regarded Hawks' Mss. i. 29, 30. as a tame and peaceable people; they were very largely in debt for the advances which had been made Hassell, Marston, Le Jeu, in Hawks' Mss. i. 407, &c. Carroll's Coll. II. 570, &c. 353, 548. Martin's Louisiana, i. 185. them; and the traders began to be hard upon them, because they would be paid. The influence of Bienville, of Louisiana, prevailed with the Choctas, and the English were driven from their villages. The whole Indian world from Mobile River to Cape Fear was in commotio