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 settlers, sailing from Barbados looking for new beginnings in the “new world,” arrived in April 1670. These English settlers established the settlement of Albermarle Point, which would later become known as Charlestowne. Accompanying the wealthy colonial landowners were African American slaves, and white indentured servants. Charlestowne’s success as a colony is attributed to the success of England’s settlement of Barbados.