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Protecting the Colony – The Palisade Wall

 
 
Protecting the Colony – The Palisade Wall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
1. Protecting the Colony – The Palisade Wall Marker
Inscription.
We have with much adoe, our people being weake by reason of scarcity of provisions, pallisadoed about 9 acres of land . . . ”
- Council to the Lord Proprietors,
21 March 1671

The colonists were aware that the Spanish, hostile Native Americans and predatory animals threatened their safety. Well-supplied by the Lords Proprietors, they came to Carolina prepared to defend themselves.

Neglecting crops and homes, the entire community labored to build a wall of defense. They moved tons of earth to make a broad ditch, felled hundreds of trees and erected the massive palisade that stretched 1,500 feet across Albemarle Point.

Never sure of when an attack might occur, the men carried guns in the fields and even armed their slaves.
 
Location. 32° 48.2′ N, 79° 59.026′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from Old Town Plantation Road. Click for map. Marker is located on the History Trail at Charles Towne Landing. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston SC 29407, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Buildings “All of Wood”? (within shouting distance of this marker); Seeking, Wealth, Sowing Servitude
Protecting the Colony – The Palisade Wall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
2. Protecting the Colony – The Palisade Wall Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Temporary Home? (about 300 feet away); Ghost Structure (about 300 feet away); Crime & Punishment: “Tyed to the Usual Tree” (about 400 feet away); A Common Lodging (about 500 feet away); Stained Dirt?! (about 500 feet away); Tales of the Tub (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
 
More about this marker. A picture on the right side of the marker shows the “Palisade under construction, 1670. Illustration by Darby Erd.” A photo of archaeological work being done in this vicinity appears at the bottom center of the marker. It has a caption of “Archaeologists excavating here in 1969 found the postholes and trench of the original palisade wall. The palisade wall before you has been reconstructed.”
 
Also see . . .  Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. (Submitted on August 19, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
Marker and Palisade Wall at Charles Towne Landing image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
3. Marker and Palisade Wall at Charles Towne Landing
Palisade Defenses image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
4. Palisade Defenses
In addition to the Palisade Wall, the settlers used cannon like this one to defend the colony.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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