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Unlike Spain and Portugal, where the monarchies sponsored voyages of discovery and the planting colonies in the New World, England relied on private enterprise and the nobility for underwriting the cost and risking their own wealth for the benefit of the nation.
There were eight Lords Proprietors who were the owners of the colony of South Carolina. They did so until 1719, when the King took over the colony. For another decade the Lords Proprietors still owned all of the vacant lands in South Carolina. In 1729 South Carolina became a royal colony, and first royal governor was appointed in 1731. He began to exercise his royal authority to granting lands the next year.
The original Royal land grants are in thirty-seven volumes.
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