SC history timeline


Eastern woodland Indians

1000 BC - 100 BC

Lived in East Plains. They depended on the natural resources around them to live. Their food, clothing, weapons, and tools all came from forests that were around them. They lived in long houses.

Triangle slave trade

1401 - 1700

Trade between Africa America and Britain. Africa gave slaves to America, America gave sugar and other products, and Britain gave manufactured goods to Africa.

San Miguel de Gualdape

1556 - 1557

First European settlement inside U.S lasted only 3 months until abandoned.

Proprietary Colony

1607 - 1776

A colony of which had officials from the king of England who had all governing rights.they were to supervise and watch the colony.

13 English colonies

1607 - 1733

The colonies taken by the English along the Atlantic coast of North America.


1637 - 1800

A time when the government controlled foreign trade to make sure that our military security is safe. Was to enforce a balanced trade.

Rice and Indigo Trade

1680 - 1730

Rice and indigo was grown in South Carolina starting in1680. But the early 18th century, with the slave scale growing bigger, rice and indigo became a became a large crop of the region.

Slave Codes


Codes given to slaves and their master. Were to tell which slave belonged where, and to show that master had full ownership of them.

Yemassee War

1715 - 1717

A war between the settlers of the colony and the Native American tribes. They fought this war because the Native American’s felt that the British were taking their land.

Stono Rebellian


Largest slave rebellion in the colony of South Carolina. Largest in all colonies before American Revolution.

Royal colony

1752 - 1756

A colony ruled by a different country. Responsible to the parent state,

French and Indian War

1754 - 1763

A war between the French, native Americans, and British.

Regulator movement

1760 - 1770

A group in SC and NC, who attempted to make local government changes.

Plantation System


Plantations dominated southern agriculture. This lasted till the beginning of the Civil War.

Sugar Act

1764 - 1766

It was act act to raise revenue. Made by the British Parlament t leading into the American Revolution.

Stamp Act

1765 - 1766

Enforced by the British Parlament. Charging the colonies on all paper products

Tea Act

1773 - 1861

Enforced by the British Paralament. Colonies had to buy only the British tea, and had to pay and overwhelming price for it.

Revolutionary War

1775 - 1783

The war fighting for America’ independence. Gradually turned into a world war.

Declaration of Independence


The document saying that the thirteen colonies are now independent from Britain. Written by Thomas Jefferson.

South Carolina Constitution of 1776


When the legislature named itself the general assembly of South Carolina. Written so we could have our own rules and server ate government.

Cherokee War

1776 - 1794

A series of raids and ambushes during the American Revolution. Fought as part of British allies, until half way through they joined the Western Union.

Articles of Confederation


The first constitution of the United States. So states had no control over themselves.

Battle of Kings Mountain


A decisive battle. An American victory.

Battle of Camden


Major win for British in revolutionary war. Led to the capture of Charleston.

Battle of Eutaw Springs


Last major battle of South Carolina. America finally regained South Carolina.

Battle of Cowpens


The patriots won this battle in the war. Helped America capture back South Carolina.

Son's of liberty


A group of American patriots framed to protect the right of colonists.


1787 - 1788

A set of laws. They were set by the government

Great compromise


It was an arguement between small states reached during on conveniuonal congress. It defined part of the legilature structure.

Commerce Compromise


When they allowed tax imports. but they did not allow tax exports

3/5 compromise


When the northern and southern states decided that 3/5 of the slave population will be kept for representation. Representation for taxes.

cotton trade


The slaves and owners would take the picked cotton to the market. The could trade it for many other supllies, and money.

cotton gin


Invented by Eli Whitney. Removed all sharp seeds from cotton. Helped a lot of slaves.

Embargo act


We were not alowed tax goods exported. Imposed in response to violations of the U.S.

War of 1812

1812 - 1815

The Revolutionary War carried over. The U.S. took on the most powerful navy in the world.

Denmark Vessey Plot


Would have been the largest slave rebellion. Denmark Vessey, the leader, was freed and then later decided to lead this rebellion. The word of the rebellion spread and him and fellow leaders were executed.

Nullification Controversy


A tariff created to help increase the price of cloth. Making newly cotton prices lower, and the south losing money and the north gaining money.

Abolitionist Movement

1830 - 1870

Began to end slavery, and all racial discrimination and segregation. Led up to the Civil War.

Election of 1850


Abraham Lincoln was elected. Southern states angered, because they might lose their slaves or their rights over their slaves.

Kansas-Nebraska Act


Created the territories of Kansas and Nebraska. Purpose was to repeal the Missouri Compromise of 1850 and let the settlers choose whether they would like slavery or not.

Dred Scott Decision


It was illegal for the federal government decide whether slavery was legal or not in some states. It was also to address that African Americans could not be citizens.

Civil War

1861 - 1865

The war was fought between the North and South and they had seceded. Bloodiest war. North won, south regoined nation and slavery was abolished.

Creation of the Confrederate States of America

1861 - 1865

Southern states seceded from the Union. Didn’t like Lincoln, or his decisions about slavery. Eventually came back as one nation again.

William T. Sherman

1861 - 1865

A general in the Civil War. Took on “total war” against the Confederate States.

Fort Sumter


The battle that started the American Civil War. A big station of the war, and is still visited today.

Port royal


A battle fought from water to land. North won – Port Royal captured.



People who agreed with the secession of the south and north.

Robert Smalls


A slave who freed himself, his family, his friends and their families. As a ship captain, he took a confederate ship and sailed across the confederate blockade into freedom.

Total War


A war tactic created by William T. Sherman. To tell the confederate states how long the war would last, to bore them and make them lose interest to shorten the war.

Lincoln's Assassination


Happened 5 days after the south had surrendered to the north. Lincoln was shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth, a southerner in a theater during a play.