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Berkeley County: Cradle of Southern Culture
April 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Local historian Michael J. Heitzler discusses how the deep south culture was conceived in England, born in the Caribbean sugar islands and reared from its cradle in Berkeley County to expand throughout SC and beyond.
Deep South Culture was conceived in England, born in the Caribbean sugar islands and reared from its cradle in Berkeley County, South Carolina. In response to the restrictive inheritance laws of England many ambitious second sons sailed abroad in pursuit of productive lands. Some reaped great fortunes in the British islands of the Caribbean and many second sons of those islands found abundant opportunities in Berkeley County.
Many of the early immigrants to Carolina sailed from the Caribbean Island of Barbados, the richest and most horrendous colony in the English speaking world. Many settled along the fresh water stream closest to Charleston they soon named Goose Creek. There a cadre of restless settlers ruled Carolina during its first fifty years of development. The ambitious and tenacious “Goose Creek Men” exerted their dominance throughout Carolina and by extension to the remaining southern colonies. No other community implanted a more dynamic culture in the southern colonies than Berkeley County.
Berkeley Country is the cradle of the deep-south.
Deep South Culture was conceived in England, born in the Caribbean sugar islands and reared from its cradle in Berkeley County to expand throughout South Carolina and beyond.
The Goose Creek Men
The Goose Creek Men of Berkeley County ruled South Carolina during its first fifty years of settlement. They coerced one Native American tribe against another until they controlled the entire colony and implanted the culture they brought from England by way of the Caribbean plantations.
Michael James Heitzler earned a Doctor of Education Degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a retired school administrator of the Berkeley School District, South Carolina. He served as Mayor of the City of Goose Creek from 1978 to 2018 and is the author of five books and sixteen articles explaining the dynamic impact of Berkeley County on the societal culture of our nation.