Account from South Carolina Gazette listing imported and exported goods in Charleston, June 1745

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The South Carolina Gazette included news about recently imported and exported goods, as well as a record of what ship were coming in and out of the port.  These listings demonstrate the types of goods brought into and out of the city, such as rice, corn, or beef.  The items also demonstrate where these goods were coming from and going to, including ports both in the United States and Caribbean, like New York or Barbados, and in Europe, like London or Lisbon.


“Custom House,” “Exported from Charles-Town,” and “Price of Goods.” (Charleston) South Carolina Gazette.  1 June 1745.  Newspapers on microfilm, South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina.



            Entered Inwards

Snow Indian Queen, John Read, from London.
Brigt. Mary, Thomas Chapman, from Madeira.
Brigt. Pegasus, Robert Patterson, from Boston.
Brigt. Dolphin, James Smith, from Jamaica.
Sloop Relief, Stephen Tucker, from Barbados.
Sloop March, Dar. Conyers, fr. N-York.

            Entered Outwards

Snow Welcome, Al. Leith, for Lizbon.
Sloop 2 Batchelors, Is Cox, for Providence.

            Clear’d for Departures

Ship Union, Zabdiel Potter, to Cowes.
Ship Ellen, Nicholas Comyn,
Snow Hector, James Rodgers, and
Brigt. Mary, John McKnight, to London.
Snow Eveleigh, John James, to Bristol.
Schooner Charles, Rog. Cload, to Madeira.
Schooner Nancy, Robert Maxwell, and
Sloop Mary, Sam Saltus, to Barbados.

EXPORTED from Charles-Town, since
The Fire Day of November last.

Rice, 40,958 Barrels,
Pitch, 6622 Barrels,
Tar, 1291 Barrels,
Turpentine, 524 Barrels.
Skins, 453 Hogsheads.
Corn and Pease, 21880 Bushels
Beef and Pork, 1679 Barrels

Price of Goods of this Country Produce

Rice, 12 lb. 6 d. per 100 count
Pitch, 25 lb. 0 d. per Barrel,
Tar, 20 lb. 0 d. per Barrel.
Turpentine, 7 s. 6 d. Ditto.
Skins, 16 lb. 6 d. per Pound.
Staves, 15 l. per Thousand
Rozin, 7 s. 6 d. per 100 count
Turp. Oyl, 15 s. per Gallon,
Corn, 7 S. 6 d. per Bushel,
Pease, 7 s. 6 d. per Ditto.


Of the Prices of Foreign Ports
            By the Hundred.

Philadelphia Flour, 4 l.
Middling Bread, 6 l.
Ship Bread, 4 l.
Brown Bread, 4 l.
Muscovado Sugar, 14 l. to 15
Powder Sugar, 20 l.

            By the Hoghead

New England Rum, per Gallon, 16 s.
Barhades Rum, 18 s. 0 d.
Antiene Rum, 17 s. 6 d.
MountSerras Rum, 17 s. 6 d.
Jamaica Rum, 25 s.
Molasses, 15 s. 0 d.

            By the Pipe

Lizbon Wine, 140 l.
Oporto Wine, 140 l.
Madeira Wine, 120 l.

            By the Quarter Cash

Milk Bread, 60 lb.
White Bread, 50 lbs.

            By the Bushel

Fine Salt, 20 s.
Coarse Salt, 20 s.

            By the Pound

Brissol Single refin’d Sugar, 8 s. per lb.
American Ditto, 7 s.
------------ double Ditto, 10 s.

Correlating SC Social Studies Academic Standards:

Standard 3-2: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the exploration and settlement of South Carolina and the United States.

Indicator 3-2.6 Summarize the contributions of settlers in South Carolina under the Lords Proprietors and the Royal colonial government, including the English from Barbados and the other groups who made up the diverse European population of early South Carolina. (H, G)

Standard 4.2: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the settlement of North America by Native Americans, Europeans, African-Americans and the interactions among these peoples.

Indicator 4-2.5 Summarize the introduction and establishment of slavery in the American colonies, including the role of the slave trade; the nature of the Middle Passage; and the types of goods—rice, indigo, sugar, tobacco, and rum, for example—that were exchanged among the West Indies, Europe, and the Americas. (E, H, G, P)

Standard 8-1: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the settlement of South Carolina and the Untied States by Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans.

Indicator 8-1.6 Explain how South Carolinians used natural, human, and political resources to gain economic prosperity, including trade with Barbados, rice planting, Eliza Lucas Pinckney and indigo planting, the slave trade, and the practice of mercantilism. (H, G, E)

Standard USHC-1: The student will demonstrate an understanding of exploration and settlement of North America.

Indicator USHC-1.1 Summarize the distinct characteristics of each colonial region in the settlement and development of America, including religious, social, political, and economic differences. (H, E, P, G)

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