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Charleston Rice Beads
Rice came to the United States in 1694 when a ship sailing from the island of Madagascar was blown off course by a storm. Landing in Charleston for repairs, the captain expressed his gratitude by giving the governor of the colony a handful of rough rice grains. From this small amount, rice became a dominant commodity and export of the coastal rivers. Today, the shape and texture of rice beads symbolize Charleston’s long and bountiful history from humble agricultural beginnings.