Alabama: A Documentary History to 1900 by Lucille Blanche Griffith

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Coming forth, he called out to all his men to get farther off, because there was much harm doing from the palisade. The natives discovering that the Christians were retiring, and some, if not the greater number, at more than a walk, the Indians followed with great boldness, shooting at them, or striking down such as they could overtake. Those in chains having set down their burdens near the fence while the Christians were retiring, the people of Mauilla lifted the loads on to their backs, and, bringing them into the town, took off their irons, putting bows and arms in their hands, with which to fight.

At the same time he marked the place for the soldier's barracks. The residence of the priests was to the left of the fort and faced the sea. Work on this establishment continued through the whole year. During that time, Mr. La Vigne Voisin, a captain of St. Malo, arrived at Isle Dauphine, where he dropped anchor; then he came to Mobile to call on MM. Dartaguet and de Bienville; and after stopping there for several days he asked them to permit him to have a fort built on Isle Dauphine. This pleased them.

He had returned from Peru with great wealth, much of it "lavished on him" by the Inca Atahualpa who had been his royal captive. " However, the young man chafed under the restrictions of court life and sought new worlds to conquer. Emperor Charles V granted him "a royal asiento and capitulation to conquer, pacify, and people" in the territory between the Rio de las Palmas and the Cape of Florida. Furthermore, he was made governor of Cuba. " On April 6, 1558, de Soto set sail from San Lucar with a fleet of seven large and three small vessels, at least 600 soldiers, several monks, and the usual number of royal officials.

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