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Today In Charleston History: August 29

1692 – Piracy.

corsairA privateer with forty men, the Loyal Jamaica, arrived in Charles Town carrying “treasures of Spanish gold and silver.” They were allowed

“to enter into recognizance for their peaceable and good behavior for one year with securities, till the Governor should hear whether the Proprietor would grant them general indemnity.”

There is no record of the Loyal Jamaica being seized, or its crew and passengers being arrested. A list of the passengers included some of the most prominent names in South Carolina history: Thomas Pinckney, Robert Fenwick, and Daniel Horry.

1706 – Queen Anne’s War

About 160 Spanish troops landed at Mt. Pleasant, burning and looting several plantation houses. Two vessels in Hobcaw Creek were also burned. Gov. Johnson sent out a galley with 100 men, and the Spanish recalled their ships. At the same time, forty French troops landed on James Island and burned the countryside and then retreated.

1754 – Slavery.

A South Carolina slave named Robin was gibbeted for the murder of his master. According to the South Carolina Gazette, “till within an Hour before he expired, constantly declared his Innocence; but at last confessed.” Robin declared “that he himself had perpetrated that Murder and at the same Time disclosed a Scene equally shocking,” revealing a conspiracy among several slaves. Robin and eight other slaves had planned “the Murder of two other Gentlemen in Beaufort” and then “they were to have taken a Schooner” to get to St. Augustine in Florida.

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