During the American Revolution the colonies were cut off from their former trade routes and access to the financial centers of England. Many colonies resorted to printing paper money to pay their bills and to ensure the availability of currency within their province. South Carolina was no exception; this 1775 note issued by the Provincial Congress of South Carolina is for "ten pounds current money," and proclaims its authority with the Latin motto, "Et Deus Omnipotens."

Courtesy of the South Caroliniana Library. 

Fort Moultrie I | History of SC Slide Collection
Fort Moultrie I | History of SC Slide Collection


The heroic defense of the fort on Sullivan's Island from a determined attack in June 1776, by a British Fleet under Sir Peter Parker (see Sir Peter Parker) gave South Carolina its state symbol. The...