Inventory for Estate of Charles Moore of Spartanburg, June 1805

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Inventories are excellent sources to examine when one is trying to understand the day-to-day functions of a colonial plantation. This inventory was completed upon the death of Charles Moore and lists everything that he owned, from slaves, to kitchen items, to beehives. Inventories such as this reveal the actual wealth of a plantation owner according to the goods he owned.


Moore, Charles. Inventory, Page 1-2. June 1805. Spartanburg County Estate Papers. File 1337, Box 19-PK7.

Correlating SC Social Studies Academic Standards:

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

Indicator 8-1.3 Summarize the history of European settlement in Carolina from the first attempts to settle at San Miguel de Gualdape, Charlesfort, San Felipe, and Albemarle Point to the time of South Carolina’s establishment as an economically important British colony, including the diverse origins of the settlers, the early government, the importance of the plantation system and slavery, and the impact of the natural environment on the development of the colony.

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.

Note: Although this document was originally posted as part of a lesson specifically designed to teach the above standard, other Social Studies Standards may apply.

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Lessons Using This Document:

Life On Two Colonial Plantations in South Carolina


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