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Coosawhatchie River – Jasper County, South Carolina

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Named for the Coosa Indians who once inhabited its banks, the Coosawhatchie River (pronounced KOO-suh-HATCH-ee) is a tidal river which originates near the towns of Allendale and Fairfax. It flows southeast until it merges with the Pocotaligo River to form the Broad River. The Broad River then joins the Chechesee River and the Beaufort River to form the Port Royal Sound, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean.

Coosawhatchie River

Lamar Nix of Seabrook, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Coosa tribe was a subtribe of the Cusabo, which loosely translates as Coosawatchie River people. Unfortunately, the Cusabo and its subtribes are now extinct. During the late 1600s and early 1700s, they suffered attacks by both colonists and the fierce Yuchi tribe. The enslavement of Indians was also officially sanctioned during this time, and many Cusabo were sold to plantations in the West Indies. By 1750 the Cusabo no longer existed as a distinct tribe, and it is commonly believed that its members merged with the Catawbas or the Creek of Georgia.

Altogether, the Coosawhatchie River flows through four South Carolina counties: Allendale, Hampton, Jasper, and Beaufort. The areas surrounding the river were home to several Civil War and American Revolution battles, including the Battle of Coosawhatchie in 1779.

Coosawhatchie River Info

Address: Dawson's Road, Bashan, SC 29936
GPS Coordinates: 32.56109,-80.9081

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5 Comments about Coosawhatchie River

JamesNo Gravatar says:
November 4th, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Thank you.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
November 4th, 2017 at 1:24 am

Hello James, we want to be sure we have this correct and it is never our intent to offend and/or omit. We will reach out to you by email to get further information. Thank you!

JamesNo Gravatar says:
November 3rd, 2017 at 3:43 pm

There are descendants of the Cusabo subtribes present in state recognized tribes. I understand that there are others including myself who do not affiliate with a tribal community currently, but the “Edisto” or Kusso-Natchez as well as the Etiwan are very real people and communities. The information on across this network should be updated.

Faye Le Roux says:
June 1st, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Beautiful sunset

Winnie Gilreath WestburyNo Gravatar says:
April 2nd, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Coosawhatchee Bridge mentioned as 8 miles away from 1771 SC plat at the head of a branch known as Beaverdam (for Elias Jaudon). Sketched plat shows “Bullhead” and mentions Great Coosawhatchee Swamp.

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