The Colony of South Carolina

by Hogan O'Brien


  • In 1653, the North Carolina area was inhabited by some Virginians, but their charter was ruled invalid, so, in 1663, Charles II sent 8 nobles to Carolina on a valid royal charter so they could establish a colony. This colony covered not only North Carolina, but also extended into South Carolina; The Province of Carolina.

  • South Carolina was the 9th colony out of 13 to be founded (NC was 8th, since it was inhabited 10 years prior)

  • Founded in order to increase income and resources for England (mercantilism)


  • Primary occupation: Farming and plantation owning
  • Primary industry: Agriculture
  • Primary crop: rice
  • Other crops included indigo, rice, tobacco, cotton, and corn
  • Slaves helped the economy and were the leading source of plantation labor

  • In 1729, Carolina was made a royal colony, and was split into North and South due to economic differences: The primary crop in the south was rice, while the primary crop in the north was tobacco.


  • Most people in South Carolina were wealthy plantation owners of English and French descent,
  • South Carolina also hosted notable populations of Native Americans and African slaves.

  • Largest population of plantation-working slaves in the colonies


  • Not dominated by any specific religion
  • religious freedom for Baptists, Anglicans and others
  • Therefore, religion didn't play much of a role in the government of South Carolina


  • South Carolina wasn't much of an important colony as far as achievement goes, but in terms of strengthening the economy, South Carolina played a pivotal role in providing a backbone for America, along with the rest of the Southern colonies.

  • It provided the North with resources and goods that couldn't be produced there because of the climate and soil differences.

  • Also provided the North with raw materials that could be crafted into new products to be sold around the world or used within America.

  • If South Carolina and surrounding colonies had not been colonized, the colonies wouldn't have had enough resources to put up a fight with England, and the Northern and Middle colonies would likely have had to pay lots of money for resources.

Key People

  • Andrew Jackson (1765–1845) - born in South Carolina, and later became President of the United States

  • Francis Marion (1732–1795), a.k.a. the Swamp Fox, strategic fighter against the British during the War of Independence; Portrayed by Mel Gibson in The Patriot

  • Thomas Lynch, Jr., Thomas Heyward, Jr., Arthur Middleton, and Edward Rutledge - signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Other Facts and Information

  • Named for Carolus II (Latin for Charles II)---Carolina translates to Charles' land.

  • In 1587, Elinor White Dare gave birth to a daughter, Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the New World

  • Edward Rutledge (1749–1800), Youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence, and was later the governor of South Carolina.

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