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43. This is a record of all the intercourse which took place between Europeans and the natives of Florida, previous to, during, and for some years subsequent to the reign of Charles V. It is to be presumed that this monarch, upon his accession to power, did not deviate from the usual custom of recoining the public moneys and reissuing them under the imprint of his own die, and it is also probable that the coins of Charles were thrown into the royal crucibles of Philip, his son, and successor, so that from the year 1559 at furthest, until his death, it is hardly to be supposed that the treasure chests of Spanish expeditions were filled with other doubloons, pesos, medios and reales than those of the latter sovereign. It is true that we are told that "in India coins of Alexander the Great have not yet disappeared, and in Spain in the shops of Malaga, Moorish, Roman and even
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