The Romantic History of Sea Islands of South Carolina
A Romantic Coastal Region
Have you visited the spectacular Beaufort area yet? The Sea Islands of South Carolina and the South Carolina Atlantic coastal region, celebrates a vibrant history. The eastern two-thirds of the state lie within an area described as the Coastal Plains. The low-lying terrain includes the scenic Sea Islands of South Carolina. Beaufort SC adjoins both banks of the Harbor River (a short drive north of the popular resort of Hilton Head).
The Sea Islands of South Carolina contributed to their fascinating history. The Southeastern United States boasts over 100 small islands off the Atlantic seaboard between Florida and South Carolina. The Palmetto State’s Sea Islands include some semitropical coastal isles with romantic names: Island of Palms, Kiawah Island, Morgan Island, and others.
Historic Hunting Island: An Illustration
If your journey just 15 miles due east of Beaufort SC, you can visit scenic Hunting Island State Park on Hunting Island. Tour this location to appreciate the natural beauty of the Sea Islands as they must have appeared when people first set foot in this region. The Civilian Conservation Court constructed hiking paths and bridges on Hunting Island during the 1930s, and today visitors still enjoy this largely pristine locale.
The history of Hunting Island itself testifies vividly to some significant events in South Carolina’s past. Extensive saltwater marshes extend along this barrier island’s western edge; they offer a verdant habitat for wildlife. Bountiful seabirds, turtles, raccoons, and deer reside here. As its name suggests, the first settlers in the region likely used this location as hunting grounds. Yet even as humans benefited from the abundant wildlife, the barrier islands’ marshes posed challenges to the establishment of permanent settlements: for centuries, the warm wetlands in the area also housed numerous insects (including mosquitos capable of spreading febrile illnesses).
Impacted by Maritime Pursuits
When immigrants from Europe arrived on Hunting Island and other Sea Islands, they initially encountered large areas without apparent residents. Would-be colonists from Spain, England and France struggled to found settlements in the region. They sometimes came into conflict with one another, and with pirates. Some arrivals did eventually establish enduring colonies. On some islands, planters exploited slave labor to harvest crops, including rice.
Slaves from Africa and the Caribbean eventually came to South Carolina in large numbers; a unique “Gullah culture” with the strong Caribbean and West African roots developed in some Coastal Plains communities and in many of the Sea Islands. Visit Beaufort soon to learn more about the rich, fascinating background of this region!
To learn more about buying, selling or leasing real estate in Beaufort, South Carolina and the lovely Sea Islands in the South Carolina Atlantic coastal region, contact Lisa Weslake of Century 21 Carolina Realty. We offer personal assistance for anyone considering relocating to this beautiful area. Call us at 1-483-476-6614 today for fast, courteous assistance!
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