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by Lawrence S. Rowland,Alexander Moore,George C. Rogers

In the first volume of The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina, three distinguished historians of the Palmetto State recount more than three centuries of Spanish and French exploration, English and Huguenot agriculture, and African slave labor as they trace the history of one of North America's oldest European settlements. From the sixteenth-century forays of the Spaniards to the invasion of Union forces in 1861, Lawrence S. Rowland, Alexander Moore, and George C. Rogers, Jr., chronicle the settlement and development of the geographical region comprised of what is now Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, and part of Allendale counties.The authors describe the ill-fated attempts of the Spanish and French to settle the Port Royal Sound area and the arrival of the British in 1663, which established the Beaufort District as the southern frontier of English North America. They tell of the region's bloody Indian Wars, participation in the American Revolution, and golden age of prosperity and influence following the introduction of Sea Island cotton.In charting the approach of civil war, Rowland, Moore, and Rogers relate Beaufort District's decisive role in the Nullification Crisis and in the cultivation, by some of the district's native sons, of South Carolina's secessionist movement. Of particular interest, they profile the local African American, or Gullah, population a community that has become well known for the retention of its African cultural and linguistic heritage.
Download The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina: 1514-1861 epub
ISBN: 1570030901
ISBN13: 978-1570030901
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Lawrence S. Rowland,Alexander Moore,George C. Rogers
Language: English
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press; 1st edition (November 1, 1996)
Pages: 520 pages
ePUB size: 1526 kb
FB2 size: 1481 kb
Rating: 4.2
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A sweeping, engaging, and comprehensive history of the South Carolina Lowcountry--about as good a county or even regional history as I've ever read. The power of this book is the author's ability to weave many different threads into a cohesive narrative of the history of Beaufort, and moreover, to do so in a way that nearly reads like very good fiction in places--the narrative is just so well-crafted. But fiction it is not, and real history well-told is what it is.

Reading this book is essential I feel if you live in the region, but also very useful in understanding the early history and formation of ideals and values of any portion of the coastal South to some extent. What made the rice planters of the region so wealthy? What made some with the means to seek their riches in Charleston as businessmen instead of as planters and where did the social lines between the country planter and urban gentleman form, and why? More importantly, what was so distinct about these lifestyles that lead South Carolina to be a leading champion of states' rights in the years prior to the US Civil War and what still leaves traces of this unique attitude of independence, entitled bearing, and stubborn gentility in many South Carolinians to this very day? These sociological questions are not the primary area of concern for this book, yet they are issues touched upon in various ways here. To read this book, and to really understand what the history within its pages tells us, helps form not only an understanding of the region but of many aspects of Southern life and South Carolina. As it is a rather long book at just under 600 pages including supporting materials, I am thankful that it is also so very engaging and so well-written cover-to-cover.
Well written and carefully researched. Essential for anyone living in Beaufort- old-timer or newcomer . ..
New to the area and felt the need to understand the history of the place.

Astounding! So much has happened here. Probably the first permanent European settlement in the now-US.

Still reading the book, so will need to add more later!
Excellent book that will be a classic
Highly detailed with very extensive reference lists.
Print to small to read. Tried to return it and was told I would have to pay return postage and restocking and then pay for the original postage.

Not a good deal for me
A wonderful account of the history of one of the most important counties in South Carolina. An easy read, reads almost like a novel, but well detailed and extremely well researched. The best book of it's kind.

No matter what era or subject it is very well covered here. Tells not only the story of this small coastal county but tells the real story of the founding of this nation and the triumphs and hardships of the founding fathers. Not afraid to point out the excesses good and bad of it's inhabitants this book is a must read for the serious reader as well as a casual reference. Not many books can say that. This book just made me want more!