Role of Enslaved Africans

Learn about the growth and economy behind the African slave trade in South Carolina. Also learn about the African contributions to southern agriculture and the Gullah culture.
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Gullah | From the Sky

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When you look at the scenery of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, it’s hard not to admire its beauty and wildlife. Also native to this region, is one of South Carolina's most unique group of people... the...
Dave the Potter | Carolina Snaps

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At a time in history when teaching enslaved Africans to read and write was a punishable fine, Dave the Potter is recognized as the first to inscribe this work.
Gullah Roots: Rice As Cash Crop | Carolina Stories
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Rice is a staple food of Sierra Leone. Rice is not only a favorite dish of Sierra Leoneans and the Gullah-Geechee, but it is also a part of their history. A dike system for cultivating rice worked...
Beyond Barbados | Carolina Stories
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Colony Of A Colony 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...
Beyond Barbados | Carolina Stories
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A Cultural Hearth 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...
Beyond Barbados | Carolina Stories
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In The Beginning 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...
Beyond Barbados: Sweet Success | Carolina Stories
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Sweet Success 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...
Beyond Barbados | Carolina Stories
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The Barbados Adventurers 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...