Most pirates began their raiding careers as legal war-time privateers of European monarchs. Some of these swashbucklers later took advantage of periods of political unrest and military threats to enrich themselves from raids on settlements or coastal vessels. The many islands and circuitous waterways of the Carolina coast were ideal places for pirates to hide, particularly during the early proprietary years (1670-1700) and at the end of the 'Golden Age of Piracy' (1716-1720).
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As Dr. J. Brent Morris wrote on the America's Reconstruction | The Untold Story website: "The Reconstruction Era was literally a period of rebuilding ... The ending of slavery not only brought freedom to African Americans but also inaugurated a complex reshaping of fundamental American institutions including the lawmaking process, family structure, church organization, and … Continue reading Reconstruction Period in Beaufort, South Carolina, 1862 – 1915
Mitchelville, an historic site on Hilton Head Island, Beaufort County, South Carolina, is considered by many to be the first post-Civil War settlement for freed slaves with a government structure led by and administered by former slaves. The settlement was built under orders issued by Major General Ormsby Mitchel in 1862. It lasted almost … Continue reading Mitchelville: The First Freedman’s Village, A List of Materials & Links
Beaufort's native son, Robert Smalls, was born into slavery in 1839. On the night of May 12,1862, he made a daring dash across Charleston Harbor piloting The Planter, a steamship contracted to the Confederate government. He surrendered it to Union forces thereby becoming the first African-American hero of the Civil War. When peace returned, he came home to Beaufort County, SC, embracing the rough-and-tumble daily life of the Reconstruction era. He actively participated in politics at local, state, and federal levels until the end of his life. Some called him the "King of Beaufort."
Bluffton was first established around 1820s-1830s and was originally referred to as "May River" and later "Kirk's Bluff." For most of its history, Bluffton was a quiet sparsely populated village. That changed after 2000.
The purpose of the Beaufort District Collection is to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history of our area.
The purpose of the Beaufort District Collection is to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and natural history of our area. Abbie Holmes Christensen, folklorist, educator, and suffragist, was a notable figure in our county's past.