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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Colonial Land in the Carolinas

By Jennifer Hudson Taylor 

In 1663 King Charles II of England appointed eight men as the Lords Proprietors over the Carolinas land in the colonies for their loyal service to him. At this time, the Carolinas included what is present day, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennesee, Georgia, and Florida.

Anyone who wanted to purchase land south of Virginia had to go through one of these eight lords and/or their representatives. Some of these lords never set foot on colonial soil. The Lords Proprietors included:

  • 2nd Earl of Carendon (Henry Hyde)

  • 1st Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley-Cooper)

  • 1st Duke of Albemarle (George Monck)

  • 1st Earl of Craven (William Craven)

  • 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton (John Berkeley)

  • 1st Baronet of Carteret who also later became Earl of Granville (George Carteret)

  • Marquess of Berkeley (William Berkeley)

  • 1st Baronet of Colleton (John Colleton)

    The Earl of Granville mostly issued property in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Many of these land grants were purchased in England before the colonists ever left their mother country. So they had no idea what they would find when they arrived in the Carolinas. I can only imagine the courage it took to cross the great Atlantic and settle in a foreign land with only wilderness around.