Charles Town’s Growing Pains

A detail from the “Crisp Map” of 1711, from the collections of the Library of Congress

The roots of Charleston were planted 348 years ago, in 1670, but the City of Charleston was incorporated 235 years ago, in 1783.  Since that time, the citizens of Charleston have witnessed the continuous activity of City Council, its ordinances, departments, and many colorful mayors.  But what can we say about the first one hundred and thirteen years of Charleston’s existence, between 1670 and 1783?  Is there a story to be told about the management or government of the town before it was incorporated?  Of course there’s a story, and the surviving records of South Carolina’s colonial government provide the means for traveling back in time to that remote era.

To read more about the gradual evolution of urban government in colonial Charleston,  please follow this link to my blog’s new home:  Charleston Time Machine at