Happy New Year, South Carolina!
As the sun sets on 2012, we hope this beautiful sunrise beaming across the Coosawhatchie River will fill you with optimism and hope for the upcoming new year.
— Coosawhatchie River © Lamar Nix of Seabrook —
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
. It flows southeast until it joins the Broad River and eventually empties into the Atlantic Ocean.
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.
Many thanks to Lamar Nix
for sharing this photo he took during a low tide sunrise in 2010.
Do you have information about the Coosawhatchie River you'd like to share with our state? Send it here. Also, take some time to add your pictures to SCIWAY's South Carolina Picture Project. The next "SC Photo of the Month" could be yours!