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Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA. The first English settlement in South Carolina was established at Albemarle Point on the west bank of the Ashley River in 1670 and named Charles Town, in honor of King Charles II. The location proving to be undesirable, a new Charles Town was begun on the site of the present Charleston about 1672, and the seat of government was moved there in 1680. The name was changed to Charlestown about 1719 and Charleston in 1783. Hence, pedants are correct in calling the town "Charlestown" for the period of the American Revolution.

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