RIVER OF THE CAROLINAS: The Santee by Henry Savage
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One of the best of a good series, this story of Santee, which embraces the great part of the two Carolinas, is dramatically presented in a delightfully readable book. The Santee lends itself to a lusty treatment, a vital segment of American history, biography, economics. Stemming from four sources, and actually the Appalachian watershed through its tributaries, the Santee, the Wateres, the Congaree, the Saluda, the Catawba combine to indicate the migratory Indians and the later settled tribes that followed their waters. Then came the Spanish colonizers, driven out in their turn by the English. The life of Indians, Spanish and English -- their hardships and struggles- the emergence of the early aristocracy from the Lords Proprietors- all contribute to a rich picture. In 1698 the French Huguenots came, adding their thrift and industry, and the settlement on high bluffs on the south bank of the river, above English Santee, became known as French Santee. Rice, indigo, and later the depleting crops of cotton and tobacco became central to the industrial life. The founding of Charles Town, outlet for the river plantations, then sole city and port, belongs in the Santee picture. And the upper waters were used by trappers, hunters, outlaws seeking free land. The Scotch among them became sturdy farmers and woodsmen. Wars played their part,-the Revolution, the Civil War (colored inevitably by the bias, of a still bitter Southerner), then the booming of the New Industrial South. Full tribute is paid to the new development of power; frank criticism to some of the waste- under pressure of war. It all adds up to a rounded portrait.

Publisher: Rinehart