The salt marsh is the second most productive ecosystem on the planet (rainforest is #1). Salt marshes have historical and cultural importance to Native Americans and the Gullah Geechee community who have used this ecosystem for food and livelihood.
Along with sweetgrass, sawgrass is an important part of this system that has nurtured life along our coastal areas for centuries.
n 1742 the face of agriculture in South Carolina changed dramatically when Eliza Lucas, the 16-year-old daughter of a wealthy planter, successfully cultivated indigo for the first time in the American colonies. Because the rich, blue dye extracted from the indigo plant was rare—and expensive—it was a symbol of status and wealth and in high demand in Europe. In 1747 the first shipment of indigo left for England, and within two decades more than a million pounds would be shipped each year, making the dye one of the colony’s largest exports, second only to rice.
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