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Sir John Hawkins in Florida


The visit of Sir John Hawkins to the struggling and disheartened French colonists near the mouth of what is now the St. Johns River is one of the most interesting episodes of that age of gallantry and adventure. It illustrates extreme courtesy and generosity under circumstances when ruthlessness would have been expected ; thus we see why every school-boy instinctively admires the freebooting pirate. Besides, the consequences of that short stay were felt in a revitalized curiosity regarding the new world.

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