Although I’ve been living in South Carolina for so many years it wasn’t until recently that I found out about the rich history of Gullah culture. This region starts in the coastline of South Carolina all the way through Northern Florida and it is home to an estimated 300,000 Gullah people. What is Gullah you may ask? The Gullah are the descendants of enslaved Africans of various ethnic groups.
West Africans were brought to the South Carolina region and enslaved in Southern plantations to work the crops during the hot summer season. They were left in Sea Islands (a chain of tidal and barrier islands on the Atlantic Ocean coast of the Southeastern United States) while the plantation owners moved inland fleeing the heat, humidity and mosquitoes. After the emancipation the Gullah people were left behind without bridges to the mainland and they were able to thrive in their West African culture.
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South Carolina has made every effort to preserve the culture, heritage and traditions of the Gullah people. They even have a heritage tour, and hand-made sweetgrass Gullah baskets is an art that continues to thrive.
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