The Abolition Of South Carolina Essay

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He did manage one exceptional success during his time in office, opening the African slave trade to Carolina merchants, exempting them from the ten percent levy paid to the former monopoly holder the Royal African Company 1727.
This not only caused an explosion in slave transport, but by the year 1750 it made Charleston the center of the African slave trade in the colonies. The disintegration of the monopoly and the exclusion of South Carolina from the levy is one of the most significant developments in merchant activity in the history of the colony. The exact number of slaves brought into the colony is difficult to determine due to inconsistent records and variations in the import duties. However, records show that 405 different firms operated from the years 1735 until 1770, bringing in eleven hundred cargos of slaves, totaling 606,258£ in import duties, the average duty being 10£ per adult slave. Historians estimate that over 40% of all slaves entering the British colonies came through Charleston. Henry Laurens, alone was responsible for 45,120£ of duties and over 8,000 slaves in only seven years of operation.
After the financial boom brought about by the expulsion of the Lords Proprietors and the opening of new markets, the next colonial agent, Peregrine Fury, mainly concerned himself with the protection of existing markets. Fury, who was found to be “a very fit and proper person” by the South Carolina legislature, served from 1731 until 1756, and he appeared
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