National Geographic : 1926 Sep
SUNSET HOUR ON COFFEE BLUFlF, OVERLOOKING THE ESTUARY OI THE OGEECHEE RIVER Among the negroes living on the Ogeechee River a patois, developed in ante bellum days, has persisted. Itimpresses thestranger almost asa new language. The origin of "Geechee," as the patois is called, is explained by the fact that slaves employed ontheoldrice plantations were more or less isolated and rarely conversed with their white owners, with the result that their knowledge of English words was slight and thepronunciation of them was bizarre. The "Geechee" negro speaks in a sort of staccato and always seems excited when talking. His patois isencountered allalong the Georgia coast.