French Protestants in South Carolina


in French Colonial Archaeology in the Southeast and Caribbean

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036809
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041841 | DOI:
French Protestants in South Carolina

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Although historical archaeologists are paying increased attention to the contributions of non-Europeans to the development of American culture, there is less focus on the role played by non-English European minority groups. This chapter focuses on one such group, the Huguenots of South Carolina. These were French Protestant refugees who sought liberty in an English colony, where they adapted to the English language, religion, politics, and material culture. Yet archaeological and documentary investigations suggest that, in fact, the French presence in South Carolina had a profound impact on the colony. Through an examination of gravestone inscriptions and domestic architecture at sites in the South Carolina Lowcountry, this chapter investigates the role of Huguenots in the development of local culture.

Keywords: South Carolina; plantation architecture; gravestone inscriptions; Poteaux-en-terre; waterhorn plantation; Huguenot; Lowcountry; plantation archaeology

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Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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