Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
In Need of an Ally
The Kiawah chief, or Cassique, invited the new English settlers to build their village here at Albemarle Point. The arrangement had immediate benefits for both the Kiawah and the English.
The Kiawah often fought against the Westos, an aggressive tribe who lived along the Savannah River. The Westos used European guns to raid other tribes’ coastal villages. With help from the English settlers – and their English guns – the Kiawah could better defend themselves against their longtime enemy.
In return, the Kiawah helped the English feed, clothe and shelter themselves during their early years in a wild an untamed land.
Location. 32° 48.311′ N, 79° 59.043′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from Old Town Plantation Road. Touch for map. Marker is located at Charles Towne Landing. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 Old Towne Rd, Charleston SC 29407, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cassique of the Kiawah (a few steps from this marker); Foundations of the Southern Plantation (within shouting distance of this marker); Tales of the Tub (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct Foundations of the Southern Plantation (about 400 feet away); A Unique Find Brings Unanswered Questions (about 500 feet away); Protecting the Colony – The Palisade Wall (about 700 feet away); Site of Old Charles Town (about 800 feet away); Buildings “All of Wood”? (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains a picture of English settlers interacting with the Kiawah Indians, illustration by Darby Erd. A photo inset at the upper right shows the nearby statue of the Kiawah Cassique and the man who sculpted it. It has a caption of “South Carolina sculptor Willard Hirsh depicted the Kiawah Cassique with a deerskin in hand, ‘suggesting a gift of welcome and the elaborate trade which later developed.’ ”
Also see . . . Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. (Submitted on August 19, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 19, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 233 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 19, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.