“What pleasure it would give us to find any indication of Charles’s Fort on the Carolina coast, where a French Protestant colony attempted a settlement, a full century before the English; or the stone pillar with the arms of France , erected, on that occasion, on the river of May.”

– Abiel Holmes, D.D.  from An Address Delivered before the American Antiquarian Society in King’s Chapel, Boston on their Second Anniversary, October 24, 1814