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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 - Harbor Ships

Charleston, SC -  Harbor Ships

Charleston, SC - 1838

Charleston, SC - 1838

Charleston, SC - American Theater

Charleston, SC - American Theater

Charleston, SC - Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge over the Cooper River

Charleston, SC - Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge over the Cooper River

Charleston, SC - Beach

Charleston, SC - Beach

Charleston, SC - Castle Pinckney on Shutes Folly Island

Charleston, SC - Castle Pinckney on Shutes Folly Island

Charleston, SC - Cathedral St. John the Baptist

Charleston, SC - Cathedral St. John the Baptist

Charleston, SC - Custom House

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Charleston, SC - Custom House

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Charleston, SC - Customs House

Charleston, SC - Customs House

Charleston, SC - Door

Charleston, SC - Door

Charleston, SC - Drayton Hall

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Charleston, SC - French Huguenot Church

Charleston, SC - French Huguenot Church

Charleston, SC - Jail

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Charleston, SC - Jail - 2

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Charleston, SC - Jail - 3

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Charleston, SC - Jail Convict Transport Cage

Charleston, SC - Jail Convict Transport Cage

Charleston, SC - Mansion

Charleston, SC - Mansion

Charleston, SC - Market

Charleston, SC - Market

Charleston, SC - Morris Island Lighthouse

Charleston, SC - Morris Island Lighthouse