James Moore, Jr.

Governor of South Carolina Province 1719 to 1721

Many historians confuse this Governor James Moore with his father, James Moore, Sr. who was a member of the Charles Town Council in 1685 and later appointed Governor of Charles Town in 1700.
Of the colonial governors sent from Britain to the American colonies before the Revolution, and of the provincial governors from that time to 1789, upwards of forty were of Scottish birth or descent. Among them may be mentioned: Joseph Morton (1682), Richard Kirk (1684), James Moore (1719), William Campbell (1775), John Rutledge (1779), all of South Carolina.
In 1690, Carolina colonist Colonel James Moore journeyed up the Savannah River into Cherokee country, crossing the Appalachian summit for the first time. The Cherokee trade flourishes in subsequent years.
1702 - Under orders from his father, Governor James Moore, Colonel James Moore traversed the Georgia coast to mount a land and sea assault on St. Augustine and its northernmost missions. St. Augustine is burned to the ground along with all remaining Guale and Mocama refugee missions.
1704 - Under direction from Governor Edward Tynte, General James Moore (promoted by Governor Nathaniel Johnson) financed a massive expedition against the Apalachee mission province of northwest Florida. Using Uchise Creek allies, staged at Ocmulgee town in central Georgia, he combined English-Indian forces to annihilate the missions, torturing, killing, and enslaving hundreds of Christian Apalachee for sale in Carolina. Other Apalachees agreed to relocate freely to the Carolina frontier along the Savannah River.
James Moore, Jr. was born in Charles Town in 1667 and he died in 1740 along the Cape Fear in North Carolina.
In 1702, Colonel James Moore undertook an expedition against the Spaniards in St. Augustine, Florida, that proved unsuccessful and caused a heavy burden on the colony. The next year he commanded an expedition against the Appalachian Indians, who had done great injury in the Cape Fear. N. C., region, and he completely subdued them. In 1713, he was in charge of the forces that included his brother, Maurice Moore, that were sent by Governor Charles Craven to the aid of the settlers in the Albemarle region, whose lands had been ravaged by the Tuscaroras.
James Moore, Jr. subsequently became attorney-general and judge of the admiralty court, and was speaker of the South Carolina assembly in 1721-1725. He moved to North Carolina about 1735, and settled near Cape Fear, where he died in 1740.
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