South Carolina, 1540-1776

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Did you know that the Spanish attempted to establish a colony in what is now South Carolina 40 years before the English founded Jamestown in Virginia? Or that the colony's name is derived from two European kings named Charles?

Step back into the early years of South Carolina when the Cherokee and the Catawba were the largest of 29 native groups; and when the colony was one of the few places where Jews and Quakers were welcome in the New World. Learn how the first indigo plants ...

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Overview

Did you know that the Spanish attempted to establish a colony in what is now South Carolina 40 years before the English founded Jamestown in Virginia? Or that the colony's name is derived from two European kings named Charles?

Step back into the early years of South Carolina when the Cherokee and the Catawba were the largest of 29 native groups; and when the colony was one of the few places where Jews and Quakers were welcome in the New World. Learn how the first indigo plants were grown by a 16-year-old girl; and meet such Revolutionary War heroes as Francis "Swamp Fox" Marion and Thomas "the Gamecock" Sumter.

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The South Carolina edition of National Geographic’s “Voices from Colonial America” series covers the state’s early American roots from 1540 to 1776. Doak opens by detailing early Spanish exploration, the arrival of English settlers, and plantation life. She offers readers background on early American life in South Carolina from many classes such as the plantation elite and the slaves, as well as life in the country versus life along the coastline. In sidebar-style, profiles describe influential individuals who helped shape the colony’s history, offering the “Voices from…” angle. The final chapter details the colony’s role in the Revolutionary War and its journey to statehood. Also included are: a timeline of events, a list of further resources for research, and a list of quote sources. The beautiful layout incorporates illustrations of colonial maps and historic paintings, though they are not found on every page. Given the objective tone and the regular inclusion of primary sources, young readers would benefit from more visuals to better comprehend the history discussed. As a whole, this book is a strong choice for both libraries and budding historical researchers. Reviewer: Elizabeth Sulock
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Introduction     9
Early Exploration     13
The English Arrive     23
Life Under the Proprietors     35
A Rocky Time     47
South Carolina Prospers     59
Slavery in Carolina     71
Life on the Coast, Life in the Country     81
Supporting Revolution     93
Time Line     104
Resources     105
Quote Sources     106
Index     107
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