Fall 2017

The Colonial Period of Charleston, 1670-1776: Cultural Center

The Colonial Period of Charleston, 1670-1776: Cultural Center

Charleston, settled in 1670, was the capital of the Carolinas and the Southernmost English settlement at the time. It grew by leaps and bounds and by the turn of the 18th century, it had become one of the largest cities in the colonies. A major port with a booming trade and agricultural economy, and anRead more about The Colonial Period of Charleston, 1670-1776: Cultural Center[…]

Charleston and the American Revolution, 1776-1785: The Swamp Fox

Charleston and the American Revolution, 1776-1785: The Swamp Fox

From 1781-1782, Charles Towne was under siege by British forces. It was the second time the British had attacked the city, as their first attempt had failed miserably several years before. Charles Towne was the capitol of South Carolina and the center of commerce for the state, and represented a vital point of control forRead more about Charleston and the American Revolution, 1776-1785: The Swamp Fox[…]

Charleston and the American Revolution, 1776-1785: Fort Moultrie

Charleston and the American Revolution, 1776-1785: Fort Moultrie

From the moment they declared secession from the Crown on the steps of the Exchange, Charles Towne was a major player in the struggle for American Independence.  Charles Towne was twice the target of British attacks during the American Revolution, and both times the British wrongly assumed a large base of loyalists within the cityRead more about Charleston and the American Revolution, 1776-1785: Fort Moultrie[…]

Charleston and the American Revolution, 1776-1785: Secession from the British Empire

Charleston and the American Revolution, 1776-1785: Secession from the British Empire

As the French and Indian War came to a close, Charles Towne was a prosperous and vibrant city.  The backcountry was being quickly settled and trade in rice and indigo was expanding.  In a letter to Benjamin Franklin in September of 1768, Peter Timothy wrote, “I do not suppose there is a Colony on theRead more about Charleston and the American Revolution, 1776-1785: Secession from the British Empire[…]