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Charles Joyner on the arrival of the Barbadians in South Carolina
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Q: When the Barbadians arrived in South Carolina, did Europeans have an idea of how slavery was going to play out?
Charles Joyner

A: When the Barbadians came bringing with them an idea of a slavery system, of course they had no idea how that would eventually play out. They did not know that rice was going to become the great staple crop and that as they sought to develop rice plantations and sought people who knew how to grow rice -- which meant Africans from rice-growing areas of Africa -- that they would import so many Africans that it would become a state or a colony with a black majority.
Charles Joyner
Professor of Southern History and Culture
Coastal Carolina University

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