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Today In Charleston History: May 4


The Three Brothers arrived. The sloop left Virginia after repairs, overshot the Port Royal site and sailed into the Spanish settlement of Guale, (near present day St. Catherine’s Island, Georgia). They were attacked, losing twelve passengers. The sloop turned north and was met by a group of friendly Kiawah Indians who informed them of the English settlement at Albemarle Point. So the expedition was now reunited.

The 1620 voyage of the Mayflower voyage was a mere two months. During the nine month voyage of the Carolina expedition five ships had been used, dozens of lives lost and only one of the original vessels that sailed out of the Thames River at Gravesend had survived.  

The Carolina colonists were extremely wary of the Spanish presence at St. Augustine, 200 miles south. They immediately began the construction of entrenchments and instituted a twenty-four hour watch. Such was to become the reality of the Carolina colony for the next fifty years.

The extreme heat was another constant enemy. Captain Joseph West wrote about “pestiferous gnats called Moschetoes” and complained about the low moral standard of most of the settlers.

1704- Religion.

A bill, called the Exclusion Act, to exclude from future Assemblies all but persons communing in the Church of England was passed by the Assembly by a vote of 12-11. The 12 “yes” votes came from Anglicans.

The Assembly passed legislation that prevented “Mens cohabitating with women with whom they ware not married.”


 Wednesday, May, 1791

Before breakfast Washington visited and examined the lines of Attack and Defense of the city and proclaimed them adequate.

For the noon meal Washington dined with the Members of Cincinnati in the long room of McCrady’s Tavern on East Bay Street. A choir of singers entertained the diners throughout the meal.

  In the evening Washington attended “an elegant dancing Assembly at the Exchange – At which were 256 elegantly dressed & handsome ladies.” According to newspaper reports the ladies were “all superbly dressed and most of them wore ribbons with different inscriptions … such as “long live the President.”


Exchange Building, Charleston

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