|Immigration & Emigration|
21 Aug 2009
About 80% of the settlers of colonial SC were of English origin. Many of them came by way of Barbados and other colonies rather than directly from England.
A group of Dutch settlers fron NY came to SC in 1671. Another smaller group was of French origin, mostly descendants of Huguenots, who came to the area beginning in 1680. More numerous were the Scottish dissenters, who were brought in beginning in 1682, and the Germans, who arrived during the 18th cemtury.
Negroes consituted a majority of the population from early colonial times until 1930. Indian wars drove most of the Indians from the state, but there are still a few Catawba Indians in York County.
The earliest settlements were on the coastal plain low country. Pushed by the desire to escape the Revolutionary War and pulled by the desire for land, settlers eventually poured into the Piedmont up country. They were of Ulster Scots, German, and Welsh decent.
The major port of entry to SC was Charleston.
Bremen Passenger Lists 1920 - 1939
German and American Sources for German Emigration to America
German Genealogy: Emigration from Germany to America