The city won a key, early battle in the Revolutionary War. 300 men in Fort Moultrie defended the city from multiple British warships that outmanned and outgunned the small group of South Carolina soldiers. The critical factor for their success was palmetto logs. Apparently they absorbed the shock of the British cannon balls preventing damage to the fort while allowing the newly independent Americans to fight back.
Charleston is the 6th wealthiest city in the U.S.
The oldest building in Charleston was built in 1670.
Charleston was the center and peak of the slave trade up to 1865.
The first shots of the Civil War occurred between Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie.
The original settlement was several miles up the Ashley River, but the settlers moved to the peninsula because there were fewer mosquitoes and less malaria due to the ocean breeze.
40% of the Charleston peninsula is land fill.
It’s called the Holy City because it has so many church congregations.
The people are incredibly and genuinely friendly.
The best way to tour Charleston is to eat your way across. The food is wonderful!!
Rice was the main crop grown in the surrounding farmland as it got too cold for sugar cane. Most of the early fortunes were based on rice.