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QUICK FACT FRIDAY 2018.11.02
Posted on Nov 6th, 2018

Around this same time, Captain William Hilton, an Englishman living in a colony in Barbados, set sail up along the coast heading toward present-day North Carolina in search of land to raise cattle. Along the way, Captain Hilton traveled along the South Carolina coast between the Combahee River and Port Royal. While in the region, he encountered a shipwreck. He and his crew rescued these Englishmen before sailing on to present-day North Carolina.
 
This falls within the same timeline, in 1680, as when Captain Florentia O'Sullivan, also called Florence O'Sullivan, sailed from England and arrived on present-day Sullivan's Island.
 
According to the book, History of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Captain O'Sullivan arrived at "Old Towne, First Fleet on a ship named Caroline." He was the grantee of 2,340 acres of land. This land included a portion of modern-day mainland Mount Pleasant and Sullivan's Island. Sullivan's Island is named after this English Captain. Florentia O'Sullivan played an important role in the settlement of the Town of Mount Pleasant. Many Mount Pleasant families can trace their ancestry back to these pioneers.
 
 
For more information: Historical Markers in Mount Pleasant - List and Map; History of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina by P. R.McIver; Key Moments in SC History; Narratives of Early Carolina: 1650-1708 by A. S. Salley; and mountpleasanthistorical.org.
 
Image credit: History of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina by P. R. McIver
  
The Town of Mount Pleasant Historical Commission releases Quick Fact Fridays about the history of Mount Pleasant and about the Commission, its programs and activities. Historical facts are drawn largely from the Our History section of the Town's website and the Commission's own Mount Pleasant Historical website and app. Follow their links by clicking on the images below to discover what makes Mount Pleasant such a distinctive historical place!  To receive Quick Fact Friday messages click here to register. To also receive news from the Culture, Arts and Pride Commission, click here to register.
 
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