History of Charleston (South Carolina) Essay

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History and Growth of Charleston City (South Carolina) Author Institution Introduction Charleston’s a city in South Carolina State. It is the oldest, second-largest city and the county seat of Charleston County. The city lies south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina's coastline. It also lies on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of two (Cooper and Ashley) rivers. Origin and Development In 1670, as an honor of King Charles II of England, the town came into existence with the name Charles Towne. It was later renamed ‘Charleston’ in 1873. By 1690, the young town was the fifth-largest in North America, remaining among the top-ten largest cities through the 1840 census. By the time of 2010 census, the city’s population was 120,083. A 2013 estimate was 127,999 setting the city on a path of positive trend and making it the fastest-growing municipality in its State. Charleston has largely been specially recognized, including being named “America's Most Friendly City” in 2011 by Travel + Leisure and in 2013 and 2014 by Condé Nast Traveler, among others (Charleston, South Carolina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, n.d.). Some factors make Charleston different from other cities such as the following: First, in the colonial era, as Charles Towne grew, the community's cultural and social opportunities grew too. Those considered superior at the time seized the opportunities especially plantation owners. In 1736, the first theatre building was built in America, on the site of present-day's Dock Street Theatre. Charleston has many historic buildings and homes downtown. During the Antebellum era (1785-1861), the Bank of South Carolina was established in 1798. It was the second-oldest building in the nation to be constructed as a bank at the

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