Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Carolina was meant to make money for the Lords Proprietors who received this land from Englandís King Charles II. Across the creek from where you stand, forty acres were cleared and experimental crops were planted in a quest for agricultural wealth.
Badly misjudging the climate, the Lords hoped to raise exotics like sugarcane, which was enriching landowners in Barbados. However, profitable crops proved elusive and the Proprietors soon focused on trade with native peoples, abandoning the plantation.
Within twenty years, coastal planters would discover the profitability of cultivating rice, thereby validating the Lords Proprietorsí dream of an agriculture-based economy.
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Next to a diagram of the plantation and palisade wall: By 1671, a star-shape palisade wall protected homes and outbuildings of the Lords Proprietorsí Plantation where some thirty farmhands worked. This 1673 rendering shows the formal experimental gardens immediately east of the palisade.
Location. 32° 48.101′ N, 79° 59.053′ 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
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ship Shaping (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Seized! (about 400 feet away); Harnessing the Wind (about 400 feet away); The Adventure, Trading Ketch (about 400 feet away); Seeking, Wealth, Sowing Servitude (about 500 feet away); On the Edge of an Empire (about 500 feet away); Buildings “All of Wood”? (about 500 feet away); Trade, Profits and Support (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
More about this marker. A photo at the lower left of the marker indicates the “Vicinity of Lords Proprietorsí Plantation” and has a caption of “In 1675, the Lords Proprietors gave up on their plantation. The historic African-American community of Maryville now stands on the site of their failed experiment.”
The lower right of the marker contains a picture of several crops that were intended to be grown at the settlement. It includes the caption “Captain Joseph West, plantation manager (and future Carolina governor), was instructed to plant ĎCotton seed, Indigo seed, Ginger Roots, . . . some [sugar] cane and several sorts of [grape]
Also see . . . Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. (Submitted on August 19, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 211 times since then and 64 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.