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Excerpt from The Spaniards in Florida: Comprising the Notable Settlement of the Huguenots in 1564, and the History and Antiquities of St. Augustine, Founded A. D. 1565This volume, relating to the history and antiquities of the oldest settlement inMoreExcerpt from The Spaniards in Florida: Comprising the Notable Settlement of the Huguenots in 1564, and the History and Antiquities of St. Augustine, Founded A. D. 1565This volume, relating to the history and antiquities of the oldest settlement in the United States, has grown out of a lecture delivered by the author, and which he was desired to embody in a more permanent form.The large amount of interesting material in my possession has made my work rather one of laborious condensation than expansion.I have endeavored to preserve as fully as possible the style and quaintness of the old writers from whom I have drawn, rather than to transform or embellish the narrative with the supposed graces of modern diction: and, as much of the work consisted in translations from foreign idioms, this peculiarly un-English style, if I may so call it will he more noticeably observed. I have mainly sought to give it a permanent value, as founded on the most reliable ancient authorities, and thus, to the extent of the ground which it covers, to make it a valuable addition to the history of our country.In that portion of the work devoted to the destruction of the Huguenot colony and the forces of Ribault, I have in the main followed the Spanish accounts, desiring to divest the narrative of all suspicion of prejudice or unfairness: Bureau, the principal authority, as is well known, professing the same faith as Menendez, and studiously endeavoring, throughout his work, to exalt the character of the Adelantado.I am under great obligations to my friend Buckingham Smith. Esq., for repeated favors in the course of its preparation.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.