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Sea Islands, The

The Sea Islands are a chain of barrier islands in the Atlantic Ocean. They number over 100, and are located between the mouths of the Santee and St. Johns Rivers off the coast of the U.S. states of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. They are noted for their Gullah/Geechee culture and creole language.

During the American Civil War, the Union Navy occupied the islands early in the war. The whites had fled to the mainland while the blacks stayed, largely running their own lives. This changed after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. When the proclamation went into effect, naval officers read it to them and told them they were free.

They were also struck by the Sea Islands Hurricane in the 1890s.

Other Sea Islands

* Amelia Island * Cumberland Island * Fripp Island * The Golden Isles of Georgia o St. Simons Island o Sea Island o Jekyll Island o Little St. Simons Island * Jekyll Island * St. Catherines Island * Saint Helena Island * Sapelo Island

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