The Spanish Settlements Within the Present Limits of the United States, 1513-1561 Volume 3

9781155018355: The Spanish Settlements Within the Present Limits of the United States, 1513-1561 Volume 3
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...the smaller bones were buried with the body.1 Like his relative, Carlos, it had been the custom of the chief of Tegesta to kill all the Christians cast away on his coast. But when the friendly relations which the Spaniards had established with the Caloosas were reported to him, he followed the example df his relative. He received the fugitives with good will, sent them a deputation, and informed them of a neighbouring village where twenty Christians were living, deserters from San Mateo at the time of the mutiny. But, a fair wind having arisen, the ship set sail without them, as they were dwelling in peace with the Indians. When Juan Pardo arrived at San Felipe with his reinforcements, he found that twenty soldiers had deserted to the interior, and that only twenty-five remained in the fort, that their supplies were entirely exhausted, and that they were dependent for their existence upon the food which the natives brought them. Aviles, after two days spent in San Mateo, left for San Felipe, where he arrived about the 2oth of August. Having ordered matters at the fort, he appointed Las Alas his lieutenant in Orista and Guale. The island on which stood Fort San Felipe was in many ways unsuitable for cultivation, at least by the Spanish farmers who had settled it and who were still inexperienced in the climatic and other conditions of the region. Aside from the scanty supplies obtained from the Indians they as well as the garrison were dependent for their subsistence upon the chance arrival of an occasional ship from St. Augustine and from San Mateo, and Aviles must have found them in a very miserable condition, for he determined to reduce their number, and directed Pardo to make an excursion into the interior with a company of one hundred...

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