Pioneers of France in the New World

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Little, Brown,, 1885 - Canada - 473 pages
 

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A detailed account of France's two earliest attempts at settlement in North America. The first section of the book details the little known late 16th century French settlement of Fort Caroline in ... Read full review

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Page 138 - Inquisition, some of the heretics renounced their errors. The fate of the captives may be gathered from the indorsement, in the handwriting of the King, on one of the despatches of Menendez. " Say to him," writes Philip the Second, " that, us to those he has killed, he has done well, and as to those he has saved, they shall be sent to the galleys.
Page 223 - fall to with their fists on questions of faith. I cannot say which had the more pluck, or which hit the harder; but I know that the minister sometimes complained to the Sieur de Monts that he had been beaten. This was their way of settling points of controversy. I leave you to judge if it was a pleasant thing to see.
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Page x - The French Dominion is a memory of the past ; and when we evoke its departed shades, they rise upon us from their graves in strange romantic guise. Again their ghostly campfires seem to burn, and the fitful light is cast around on lord and vassal, and black-robed priest, mingled with wild forms of savage warriors, knit in close fellowship on the same stern errand.
Page 156 - Lutherans." Gourgues ordered the Spanish prisoners to be led thither. " Did you think," he sternly said, as the pallid wretches stood ranged before him, " that so vile a treachery, so detestable a cruelty, against a king so potent and a nation so generous, would go unpunished ? I, one of the humblest gentlemen among my king's subjects, have charged myself with avenging it Even if the Most Christian and the Most Catholic Kings had been enemies, at deadly war, such perfidy and extreme cruelty would...

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