Charleston is the largest city in South Carolina and is steeped in a rich history along with Southern charm. However, at the same time this city is modern along with foodie-approved eating establishments and the performing lively arts scene. Here is a bit of information about this fascinating city.
•In year 1663, King Charles II from England awarded the territory of California to 8 loyal friends that assisted him in regaining his throne after a number of years that he spent in exile. In the year 1670, the very 1st expedition sailed across the Atlantic whereby the first settlement was established, which they named Charles Town. This name remained until just after the American Revolution whereby the colonists that were victorious shortened this name to Charleston.
•The Cooper and Ashley Rivers, that border the historic central-district of Charleston was named after Anthony Ashley Cooper who was first known as the first Earl of Shaftebury who was one of the friends to King Charles.
•In the year 1761, there were 2 tornadoes, one that barrelled down the Ashley River, while the other barrelled down the Cooper River. These tornadoes converged over the area of the Charleston harbor. The combination of this twister was so powerful that one of the witnesses wrote about the tornado ploughing the Ashley River right to the bottom and laying the actual channel bare. 4 people died and 5 ships sunk.
•Charleston was often a common target for a number of pirate attacks in the earlier days. In the year 1718, Edward Teach better known as Blackbeard, attacked a number of ships that tried to enter this harbor. He captured hostages and then ransomed these people.
•If you walk around Charleston, you will notice several homes that have dark green accents which are commonly known as the Charleston Green. This comes from a story about after the era of the Civil War, where the Union gave the residents black paint to fix up the damages to their homes. Instead of using just Yankee black, the citizens decided to mix in Southern yellow that created this distinctive dark hue.
•In the year 2008, the Toni Morrison Society which gained inspirations about the comments made about the needs for memorials that are dedicated to victims from the America’s slave trade. This resulted in a bench that was built on Sullivan’s Island were about 40% of slaves landed after the Middle Passage. This was the very 1st monument in this society’s “Bench by the Road” project, which has gone onto place benches across the globe in locations that are associated with black history and slavery.