Why did planters in South Carolina seek Slaves from particular regions of Africa?

Many West Africans were skilled farmers and artists.

In South Carolina, where slaves became a majority of the population, planters sought slaves from particular regions of Africa who possessed desired skills, such as the knowledge of rice cultivation, boat building, or coastal navigation.

Some tribes made textiles and baskets; others worked with animal skins and furs and made clothing, weapons, and utensils. Still others worked with iron, copper, and precious stones.