The History and Antiquities of the City of St. Augustine, Florida, Founded A.D. 1565: Comprising Some of the Most Interesting Portions of the Early History of Florida

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C.B. Norton, 1858 - Florida - 200 pages
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Page 143 - The town is fortified with an intrenchment, salient angles, and redoubts, which inclose about half a mile in length and a quarter of a mile in width.
Page 12 - They assured him that, far to the north, there existed a land abounding in gold and in all manner of delights; but, above all, possessing a river of such wonderful virtue, that whoever bathed in it would be restored to youth! They added, that in times past, before the arrival of the Spaniards, a large party of the natives of Cuba had departed northward in search of this happy land and this river of...
Page 195 - You cannot be in St. Augustine a day without hearing some of its inhabitants speak of its agreeable climate. During the sixteen days of my residence here, the weather has certainly been as delightful as I could imagine. We have the temperature of early June as June is known in New York. The mornings are sometimes a little sultry ; but after two or three hours a fresh breeze comes in from the sea sweeping through the broad piazzas, and breathing in at the windows. At this season it comes laden with...
Page 58 - ... verge of the dim pine forest. On the right, the sea glistened along the horizon, and on the left, the St. John's stretched westward between verdant shores, a highway to their fancied Eldorado. " Briefly," writes Laudonniere, " the place is so pleasant that those which are melancholicke would be inforced to change their humour.
Page 52 - ... credulous soldiers looked from one to the other, lost in speechless admiration. One of these veterans made a parting present to his guests of two young eagles, and Ottigny and his followers returned to report what they had seen. Laudonniere was waiting for them on the side of the hill, and now, he says, "I went right to the toppe thereof, where we found nothing else but Cedars, Palme, and Baytrees of so sovereigne odour that Baulme smelleth nothing like in comparison.
Page 194 - The trunks are now putting out new sprouts and new leaves, but there is no hope of fruit for this year at least. The old fort of St. Mark, now called Fort Marion, a foolish change of name, is a noble work, frowning over the Matanzas, which flows between St. Augustine and the island of St. Anastasia, and it is worth making a long journey to see. No record remains of its original construction, but it is supposed to have been erected about a hundred and fifty years since, and the shell-rock of which...
Page 196 - ... higher latitudes of the American continent. The climate of Florida is, in fact, an insular climate: the Atlantic on the east, and the Gulf of Mexico on the west, temper the airs that blow over it, making them cooler in summer and warmer in winter. I do not wonder, therefore, that it is so much the...
Page 200 - Sempre tarem lus neans Uestas Para recibi un grapat de nes. Y, el giorn de pascua florida Alagramos y, giuntament. As qui es mort par dar nos vida ; Y via glorosiamente, A questa casa esta empedrada, Bien halla que la empedro. San amo de aquesta casa Baldria duna un do...
Page 153 - ... severe penalty laid on any master of a vessel that shall- attempt to carry any of them off. These are formed into a militia, and have been generally computed to be near about the same number as the regular .troops. Thus relying wholly on the king's pay for their subsistence, their thoughts never turned to trade or even agriculture, but depending on foreign supplies for the most common necessaries of life, they spent their time in universal, perpetual idleness. From such a state, mischievous inclinations...

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