The influence of Barbados on South Carolina is unmistakable. Charles Towne (present day Charleston) was settled for the most part by planters and African slaves arriving from Barbados. Seven of the first 21 Governors of South Carolina came from Barbados or had strong Barbados ties. Having lived in Charleston through the 1980s--post-Hurricane Hugo and post-urban redeveIopment--I was amazed at the similarities in language, architecture, and culture. Of all the Caribbbean islands, Barbados is much like the South Carolina Lowcountry. Having spent time on East Bay Street in Charleston, I snapped a few shots of another Bay Street. Explore the Barbados-Charleston connection for yourself!