Captain William Hilton and the Founding of Hilton Head Island

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Author Dwayne W. Pickett details the life of William Hilton, his exploration of the Carolina coast and the founding of an iconic island. Behind the pristine beaches and world renown of Hilton Head Island lies a history that dates back to the early exploration of the nation. In 1663, William Hilton, a mariner born in England, was hired by a group in Barbados to find new lands for them to settle. Hilton led an exploration of the Port Royal Sound area, where he named a high bluff of land Hiltons Head as a navigational marker for future sailors. The island began as a sparsely populated area on the fringe of English settlement in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, when it was called Trench’s Island on some maps.
ISBN: 9781467141918
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: South Carolina
Series: Military
Images: 18
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Dwayne Pickett is a professional archaeologist and has a master’s degree in anthropology from the College of William & Mary, with a concentration in historical archaeology. He has been conducting historical research as well as excavations for more than twenty-five years. He has authored or coauthored numerous reports and articles and is also the coauthor of The European Struggle to Settle North America: Colonizing Attempts by England, France and Spain, 1521–1608. In 2007, he cofounded Pickett Educational Resources LLC, which specializes in educational products and services that help bring history alive.