Port Royal in South Carolina

Author: Des Barres, Joseph F.W.
Publisher: Des Barres, Joseph F.W.
Date: 1777
Location: Atlantic Coast (S.C.), Port Royal (S.C.), South Carolina

Dimensions: 72 x 59 cm.
Scale: [ca. 1:65,000]
Reference: LC Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789, 1533
Call Number: G1106.P5 D47 1777


Appears in the author's Atlantic Neptune. London : J.F.W. Des Barres, 1777-[1781].

2nd state.

The staple industry in South Carolina was rice, produced on plantations in the coastal region known as the Low Country. This highly-detailed 1777 chart of the Port Royal region illustrates an area where there were many rice plantations, which relied on imported African slaves to work the fields until after the American Revolutionary War. By the 1770s, rice accounted for over 50 percent of all exports from the colony. Due to the success of the rice export industry, an indigenous planter class rose to power over time, and these colonists would eventually join with others along the eastern seaboard to defy British dominance.

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