Agents, Africans and Agriculture: The Transplantation of British Nobility in Early Carolina
Author(s): Andrew Agha
In 1674, the 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, Lord Anthony Ashley Cooper, had his most trusted colonial agents settle a fortified plantation and Indian trading post within a 12,000 acre property that defined the British frontier in Carolina. The site contained a massive cattle herd, experimental agriculture, indentured servants and enslaved Africans. This settlement, called St. Giles Kussoe, existed only until 1685. Ashley Cooper was Lord Chancellor of England, a member of the Royal Society of London, and a founding member of the Royal Africa Company. These Royal influences had a direct effect on the inhabitants of St. Giles Kussoe--one we can see through our studies. We have rarely had the chance to examine a site from this period, and recent archaeological and historical research has shed light on some of the most significant findings and events relative to the formative years of Carolina.
This Resource is Part of the Following Collections
- Rags to Riches: the Creation and Legacy of the Carolina Colony •
- Society for Historical Archaeology 2014
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Agents, Africans and Agriculture: The Transplantation of British Nobility in Early Carolina. Andrew Agha. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437177)