In the early 18th century there was sometimes very little difference between legal piracy--the licensing of "privateers" to seize merchant ships of an enemy during a time of war--and illegal piracy on the high seas. The West Indies and the North Carolina inlets both provided protective harbors for the latter.

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Stamp Tax Outrage | History of SC Slide Collection
Stamp Tax Outrage | History of SC Slide Collection

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The wealth of centers like Charleston helped prepare the way for the dissatisfactions against British rule that finally resulted in the Revolution. A wealthy elite, with connections through trade to...
Proprietary Grant | History of SC Slide Collection
Proprietary Grant | History of SC Slide Collection

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Although it was the Englishman Sir Francis Drake whose raids persuaded the Spanish to abandon Santa Elena and concentrate on defending St. Augustine in 1587, it was nearly a century before the English...
Oconee Station | History of SC Slide Collection
Oconee Station | History of SC Slide Collection

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Oconee Station (also labeled Salem Blockhouse, north of Walhalla). Made of local field stone, this was one of a series of fortifications built for protection against the Native Americans in the...
Cherokee Alphabet | History of SC Slide Collection
Cherokee Alphabet | History of SC Slide Collection

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The title page and first page of hymns, "Cherokee Hymnbook," printed in Philadelphia, for the American Baptists Publication Society around 1820. The Cherokee were a highly organized society, and early...