Slavery in South Carolina

Learn about the economics and hardships of slavery in South Carolina

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Beyond Barbados, Part 2 - Sweet Success
Beyond Barbados, Part 2 - Sweet Success

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Dutch Sephardic Jewish colonists moved from Brazil to Barbados to escape the religious persecution of the Spanish Inquisition. These Sephardic Jews brought with them the knowledge to produce a highly...
Beyond Barbados, Part 1 - In The Beginning
Beyond Barbados, Part 1 - In The Beginning

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Most students today understand that the Carolinas were colonized by the English who had come to the Charleston area by way of Caribbean trade routes, primarily Barbados. The story of Barbados is as...
Beyond Barbados, Part 4 - Colony Of A Colony
Beyond Barbados, Part 4 - Colony Of A Colony

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Most of the colonists who settled in Carolina were wealthy English planters, with names such as Middleton, Drayton, Colleton, and Yeamans. The vast wealth accrued in Carolina was due to the success of...
Beyond Barbados, Part 5 - A Cultural Hearth
Beyond Barbados, Part 5 - A Cultural Hearth

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The success of Barbados, Carolina, America, the New World for that matter is coterminous with slavery. The labor, the technology, the ingenuity, and the culture that supported this global economy is...
Beyond Barbados, Part 3 - The Barbados Adventurers
Beyond Barbados, Part 3 - The Barbados Adventurers

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With the success of the sugarcane crop, Barbados quickly became the wealthiest colony in the New World, and the most densely populated place on the planet. Successful colonists lived lavish lifestyles...
Introduction
Introduction

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The art of sweetgrass basket-weaving is a cherished tradition passed down from generation to generation, kept alive today by African Americans living in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. The first wave of...
Settlement In Carolina
Settlement In Carolina

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By 1655, Barbados would become the most densely populated place on Earth. Once there was no more room for expansion on Barbados, the decision was made to fund a settlement in North America, between...
Origins Of The Gullah Language
Origins Of The Gullah Language

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The institution of slavery also made its way to South Carolina from Barbados. With the ever-growing demand for slave labor in South Carolina, colonists needed more workers from Africa to tend...
Barbados' Origins
Barbados' Origins

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Barbados is a coral island, which was already known to the Spanish by 1500. A Portuguese mariner named Pedro Campos landed on the island in 1536, but the first English colonist to land on the island...