Origins Of The Gullah Language, Part 4 (1999)


The institution of slavery also made its way to South Carolina from Barbados. With the ever-growing demand for slave labor in South Carolina, colonists needed more workers from Africa to tend agricultural tasks. However, there was a language barrier, and the Africans could not understand the language that the white settlers were speaking, and vice versa. In order to understand one another, a new language was developed, to overcome these language barriers. In South Carolina, this language is known as “Gullah”; in Barbados, it is called “Bajan.”