1719 – Bloodless Revolution
The Land Grant office was closed by the Proprietors. New settlers were now unable to claim land, while established land owners were able to claim the best tracts, staking out 800,000 acres. The promised grants on the Yemassee lands to hundreds of settlers were ordered to be surveyed into 12,000 acre tracts for the Proprietors’ use.
The leading citizens gathered in Charles Towns to repair the fortifications of Charles Town, and formed an association to the following effect:
That the Proprietors having pretended to repeal laws contrary to the charter and offered other hardships to the inhabitants of this country, they do resolve to choose an Assembly pursuant to the writs issued out and to support their representatives with their lives, and fortunes, and to stand by such resolutions as they shall take at the next Assembly.