By Robert M. Weir

During this glossy and whole heritage of colonial South Carolina, Robert M. Weir explains the plain paradoxes that outlined a colony one in all the main enigmatic in North the US. In doing so, he bargains provocative observations approximately its unparalled mid-eighteenth-century prosperity, escalating racial stress, political struggles, and push towards revolution.

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Encouraged by his tales of the land called Chicora, Ayllón sought royal approval for his venture and, after receiving it, in 1526 assembled an expedition of six ships and more than 500 men and women. Exactly where he attempted to make his settlement is still uncertain. It may have been on Winyaw Bay near modern Georgetown, or farther south, perhaps around the mouth of the Savannah River, or even possibly among the sea islands of Georgia. What is certain is that Ayllón's largest vessel with most of the supplies aboard ran aground and sank, while Francisco and the other Indians who were to serve as guides and interpreters disappeared into the woods.

No wonder that a British officer, seeking to describe the arduousness of a campaign in the mountains of western Carolina, summed everything up by noting, "Even our Indians were Page 21 Knocked up," or exhausted. Moreover, few whites would deny that when the end was inevitable Indians knew how to die. In a sense, they had had lessons in dying from captives. To be a prisoner of the Indians was not to be in an enviable position. At one extreme, such persons, especially women or children, might be adopted and treated as full members of the tribe.

Produced large and impressive civilizations based on agriculture, supplemented by hunting and gathering. Corn, beans of various kinds, and squash were the main crops; and interestingly enough, these plants complemented each other in a number of ways. Beans and corn are both sources of protein, but the former supplies an amino acid, lysine, which the latter lacks. Thus together they provide a reasonably complete diet of vegetable protein. ) Being a legume, beans also replaced nitrogen in the soil which corn depleted.

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