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In 1663, King Charles II of England gave a charter of American territory south of Virginia to eight noblemen.  The Lords Proprietors were Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon; George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle; William Craven, 1st Earl of Craven; John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton; Sir William Berkeley, John's brother, and at that time governor of Virginia; Sir John Colleton, Baronet; Sir George Carteret; and Lord Anthony Ashley Cooper, later to become the 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and member of the Special Council of Foreign Plantations (colonies were then called "plantations").

Sources: Lewis P. Jones, South Carolina: One of the Fifty States; Walter Edgar, South Carolina: A History.