History of Massac County, Illinois
This book is published to preserve interesting and important historical data of our county; to record events in the lives of worthy citizens, dead and living; though fraught with many discouragements and onerous toil, our task is done. You view the result of our labors, and pass judgment thereon. It is not perfect — surely not just as you would have it, kind reader — but perfect things are not to be expected of others, than ourselves. After passing the cold deductions of your criticisms, may we not ask a fragment of consolation in the fact that our intentions were worthy of commendation, at least, and may we ask of you, dear critic, what you did to aid the right in the preservation of our country's history?
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In the reign of Francis I. of Prance, the French navigators began to interest themselves in the New World. Juan Verrazano, a Florentine, sailed from France in 1524, and sighted land in the latitude of North Carolina. He sailed south some distance and then, turning north, explored the eastern coast of the continent for 600 leagues, and named it New France, in honor of his royal patron.