South Carolina – Colonists Timeline

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Per comments on Victoria Proctor’s “South Carolina Ship’s Lists” web page ~

“Colonization began in 1670 with the settlement of about 150 people at Albemarle Point, on the west bank of the Ashley River – across from modern day Charleston. The fortified settlement was named Charles Town. In the early days (1600’s), established English colonists on Barbadoes were lured by the Lords Proprietor to emigrate to Carolina. By 1680 the colony’s population was about 1000 and growing. In that year (1680), French Huguenots came, followed by English Dissenters and Scots. In the 1700’s, many sailed directly from the Old World to the Carolinas, encouraged to immigrate to the Province through promises of free land (example: Bounty Act of the General Assembly passed 25 July 1761). Many others, however, migrated overland into South Carolina from other colonies – particularly from North Carolina and Virginia, both before and after the Revolutionary War.”

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