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Located just south of the mid-point of South Carolina's coastline, at the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, the historic city of Charleston is the oldest city in the state. Founded in 1670 and first called Charles Towne, it was named for King Charles II.
Charleston’s rich history includes periods of great wealth and prosperity followed by generations of great poverty; two major wars being fought within its boundaries, followed by the occupation of invading armies; numerous skirmishes with pirates and Indians; catastrophic fires that obliterated entire blocks of the city, several hurricanes; and the largest earthquake ever to rock the eastern coast of the United States. These many events of the last three centuries have all combined to make Charleston an unrivaled tourist destination for history buffs.

Charleston, SC - 1838

Charleston, SC - 1838

Charleston, SC - Customs House

Charleston, SC - Customs House

Charleston, SC - Door

Charleston, SC - Door

Charleston, SC - South Battery

Charleston, SC - South Battery

Charleston, SC - View

Charleston, SC - View

Fort Moultrie, SC

Fort Moultrie, SC

Fort Moultrie, SC, 1861

Fort Moultrie, SC, 1861

Fort Sumter - Building

Fort Sumter - Building

Fort Sumter, SC

Fort Sumter, SC

Fort Sumter, SC - 2

Fort Sumter, SC - 2

Fort Sumter, SC - 3

Fort Sumter, SC - 3

Fort Sumter, SC - 4

Fort Sumter, SC - 4

Fort Sumter, SC - 5

Fort Sumter, SC - 5

Fort Sumter, SC - 6

Fort Sumter, SC - 6

Fort Sumter, SC - 7

Fort Sumter, SC - 7

Fort Sumter, SC - 8

Fort Sumter, SC - 8

Fort Sumter, SC - 1901

Fort Sumter, SC - 1901

Fort Sumter, SC - Battle

Fort Sumter, SC - Battle

Fort Sumter, SC - Bombardment

Fort Sumter, SC - Bombardment

Fort Sumter, SC - Cannon

Fort Sumter, SC - Cannon