Walter Edgar begins by noting how Charleston played a crucial role in South Carolina’s economy. Dr. Coclanis then discusses the major exports from South Carolina. In the 18th century,rice was S.C.'s most valuable export. South Carolina was the Western world’s largest supplier of rice, and rice helped create the ‘Lowcountry’s’ vast wealth. Throughout the segment, Walter Edgar also discusses other exports from S.C. which were not as successful as rice, at the time.