Charleston Rice Beads

Rice has a long history in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Rice originally came to the United States in 1694, when a ship sailing from 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 South Carolina’s coastal rivers. Today, the shape and texture of rice beads symbolize Charleston's place in colonial America’s agricultural history.

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