Charlesfort | Palmetto Special


This episode goes from Columbia to Parris Island in Beaufort County. Parris Island today is the home of a large Marine Corps training base. There is a monument there, similar in the design to one Captain Ribaut planted in 1562, that marks one possible site of Charlesfort.

The Reenactment:  Jacques and Rouffi are two teenaged boys who have sailed to the new world on an expedition to establish a refuge for French Protestants (Huguenots). After a short while, the leader of the expedition, Captain Jean Ribaut goes back to France to obtain more provisions. About 28 Huguenots remain at Charlesfort. Captain Albert de la Pierria is placed in charge. He executes a young settler and banishes another, Lachere, to a barrier island. Discontent with the regime soon arises and Pierria is executed. Captain Barre assumes command and elects to return to France in a small homemade boat. Rouffi chooses to remain at Port Royal.

All of the characters, with the exception of Jacques, and events in this lesson are based on generally accepted historical research and evidence.

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