Author: Hernando de Manrique de Rojas

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The Story of Guillaume Rouffi; an excerpt from Relación e información de los Franceses by Hernando de Manrique de Rojas (July 9, 1564)

In this excerpt from Relación e información de los Franceses, dated July 9, 1564, Hernando de Manrique de Rojas reports to Spanish authorities in Havana, Cuba, on the status of a French colony planted by Jean Ribault in 1562 at the Point of Santa Elena, near present-day Parris Island, South Carolina. Manrique de Rojas encountered a Frenchman, Guillaume Rouffi, living with local Indians who told how his comrades had sailed away. Remarkably, nearly all of them were later rescued. Rouffi, meanwhile, became a translator for the Spaniards. This English translation is the work of Lucy L. Wenhold and appeared in the July 1959 issue of the Florida Historical Quarterly.

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