South Carolina

The Crown Jewel of the Royal Period

Meet the Neighbors

1500s: The Spanish and French staged their turf war here, but the French were booted off the island (Parris, to be exact) and the Spanish moved their focus south to Florida. Both were attracted to SC because of their mission of God, gold, and glory.

1670: The British moved into town and set up shop at Albemarle Point, the first permanent English settlement. This development proved attractive to the people in the Caribbean (particularly Barbados) like the future governor, William Sayle. They were attracted to the similar climes that were identical to those in the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

1700s: There's been a boom in the African-American slave population, so there's no issue getting work done for cheap because they're becoming the majority; there's such a dense population here because of the attractive large plantations that needed to be worked.

Idealistic Geography

South Carolina is located between Georgia and North Carolina on the East Coast of the New World. It has ocean front views, a tropical climate (very humid), and very diverse species of animals. SC has a range of geographical features: the northwest is mountainous because it borders the Appalachian Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains while the southeast portion is known as the Coastal Plains, housing opportunities for bustling ports and sunset-viewing spots. The numerous rivers, swamps, and lakes serve as family fun and a great tool for transportation (most rivers flow southeastward). These plentiful rivers and the easy access to the Atlantic Ocean has helped develop SC into a bustling center in the Southern colonies for culture and resources like rice, tobacco, and indigo.

"The Better 1/2 of Carolina Since the Split in 1729" -Anonymous

Uniquely SC

In 1681, SC created an Anglican church and in 1704, they established the Church of England and required all settlers to conform to its rites and traditions. By 1723, there were 13 established parishes that flourished under the SC sun.

SC had a proprietary government until it was turned into a royal British colony in 1719.

South Carolina specializes in rice, tobacco, and indigo production (especially rice); trade and profits were main reasons why South Carolina was established.

Our History in a Nut Shell

1521: The first expedition reaches South Carolina, and they're Spanish.

1663: King Charles II give the Lords Proprietors the charter to establish South Carolina.

1669: The Fundamental Constitution of Carolina by John Locke is approved by the Lords Proprietors and it guarantees religious freedom.

1670: Charlestown is founded (becomes the capital).

1712: Carolina is split into North and South (similar to the right and left twix bars, but we're definitely better than the North).

1729: 7 of the 8 Lords Proprietors surrender their shares to King George II.

1730s: 20,000 enslaved African Americans arrive.

1747: A treaty is signed with the Choctaw Indians (they would trade with the Choctaws if they didn't attack the French).

By Madison Won