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Today In Charleston History: October 8

1678

Captain Florence O’ Sullivan claimed two town lots on Oyster Point.

1698 – Slavery

The Assembly passed “An Act for the Encouragement of the Importation of White Servants.” Afraid of the growing number of blacks who had been imported as slaves, the South Carolina Assembly passed a law granting £13 to anyone who would bring a white male servant into the province as “…the great number of negroes which of late have been imported into this Colony may endanger the safety thereof.”

The Act also set out terms of indenture service: those over sixteen years old should serve at least four years, those under sixteen no less than seven years.

1817

John C. Calhoun was appointed Secretary of War by Pres. James Monroe. He would hold the position for eight years.

John_C_Calhoun_by_Mathew_Brady,_1849

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