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Archive for September, 2005

History of Charleston

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

Charleston is a city in Charleston County in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The city was founded as Charlestown or Charles Towne, Carolina in 1670, and moved to its present location in 1690. Up until 1800, Charleston was the fifth largest city in North America, behind Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, and Quebec City. It adopted its present name in 1783. Also known as The Holy City, Charleston brims with the culturally unique, such as the joggling board. Read the rest of this entry »

Ninety Six

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Ninety Six was established in the early 1700s. It derived its name from the mistaken belief that it was 96 miles to the nearest Cherokee settlement of Keowee. The National Park Service has established a National Historic Site there to mark the location of the settlement.
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Cherokee Path

Saturday, September 10th, 2005

The Cherokee Path (also Keowee path) was the primary route from Charleston to Columbia, South Carolina in Colonial America, connecting all of the Cherokee territories. The path was mapped in 1730 by George Hunter, the Surveyor-General of the Province of South Carolina. It ran 130 miles from Charlestown to the colonial settlement of Ninety Six, then to Fort Prince George and the Cherokee village of Keowee, the principal town of the Cherokee Lower settlements (in present day Oconee, Greenville, Pickens and Anderson counties). Read the rest of this entry »

Purrysburg settlement

Monday, September 5th, 2005

Purrysburg was a colonial town in Beaufort County, South Carolina. While the town itself was abandoned, the settlers were successful. The town was located on the South Carolina bank of the Savannah River.
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Fort Motte

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

Fort Motte is significant in South Carolina history in that it appeared as a temporary fort during the revolutionary years; and, later, it was considered as a possible location for the capitol for the newly-formed state of South Carolina (before Columbia was chosen). Read the rest of this entry »