Take a trip back into Charleston’s past with the award winning podcast, Charleston Time Machine, by Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) Historian Dr. Nic Butler. Click here to listen to “Planning Charleston’s First “Fortress,” 1695-1696.”
Learn about the earliest surviving legislative discussion of fortifications in urban Charleston that took place in 1695–96, motivated by an ongoing war with France and a persistent fear of marauding pirates. The provincial government’s plan to build an expensive brick fortress, flanked by men “ready for battle,” forms a significant chapter in the physical evolution of South Carolina’s colonial capital.
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