South Carolina Essay

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Clifton New ENG 102 January 29, 2013 South Carolina What do you know about South Carolina? It is a state with a rich history. South Carolina is more than just a place on a map. Learning more about this place may change the way you look at one of our original colonies. In just a short time you can see South Carolina through a whole new view and maybe learn a thing or two. South Carolina has an interesting and rich history because it is one of the original thirteen colonies. French and Spanish explorers arrived in the 16th century. They found many Native American tribes that inhabited the land. The largest tribes were the Cherokees and Catawbas. The first Europeans settlement failed but in 1670 the English succeeded on the coast near what is now Charleston. Carolina was named after King Charles I. By 1710 the settlement was large enough that it was divided in to North and South Carolina. People from the British Isles, France, and other places throughout Europe built plantations on the coastal lowcountry. The crops, mostly rice and indigo, became very profitable to plantation owners. Slaves were brought in to provide labor and by 1720 they were the majority of the population. (Johnson Jr.)Charleston became a huge import export center for the South Carolina. In the middle of South Carolina, many farmers and traders pushed the tribes of Native Americans further west. (Kennedy and Lizabeth) South Carolina was one of the riches colonies at the time of the American Revolution. A strong governing class was made up of merchants and planters. Many of them contributed to the fight for independence. During he Revolutionary War, more battles were fought in South Carolina then any other state, including major battles at Sullivan’s Island, Camden, Kings Mountain, and Cowpens. South Carolina became the eighth state to enter the union when it ratified the United States
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