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Captain William Hilton visits Santa Elena

March 18 @ 11:00 am - March 19 @ 12:00 pm

In the early 16th century European explorers took shelter in Port Royal Sound from heavy seas and strong winds. The Spanish called the region Santa Elena because they discovered it on the feast day of Saint Helena. The French called the harbor Port Royal because it exceeded all others they had seen in “size and beauty.” France was the first European country to try to settle the area by building a fort on what is now Parris Island and when they abandoned it, the Spanish followed by establishing Santa Elena—a settlement that lasted for 20 years.

In 1663, almost 100 years after the Spanish had started their settlement, an Englishman—Captain William Hilton, who had been commissioned by settlers in Barbados to explore the Carolina coast for a suitable site for a colony—entered Port Royal Sound. As he did so he noticed a high bluff or headland on an island that could serve as a navigational marker and called it Hilton’s Head.

You are invited to meet Captain William Hilton and hear about his life and harrowing adventures on the Carolina coast. Participants will be able to interact with Captain Hilton, ask him questions, etc.

Advanced registration through this website is strongly recommended.


March 18 @ 11:00 am
March 19 @ 12:00 pm
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