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46. in his second expedition, but if this were the case and any of them reached the hands of the natives, (who would have valued them as ornaments and cherished them with great care) it is reasonable to expect to find some specimens at or near St. Augustine. And again, they might have been brought by De Ayllon, but, if so it seems more than likely that some pieces would have been unearthed upon the coast of South Carolina. The same conclusion holds good in respect to the settlement of Pensacola in 1559, and even if any were there discovered they would doubtless have borne the Mexican stamp. Indeed, there is a bare possibility that coin of the date in question may have reached St. Augustine through Menendez as late as 1565, and even later, but, agreeably to experience in such matters, it does not appear to come within the limits of credibility. And yet, notwithstanding mounds have been opened for hundreds of miles
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