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Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Postponed Aspirations

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
1. Postponed Aspirations Marker
Inscription.
Settlers came to Carolina seeking land and fortune. But fear of Spanish and Native American attacks made cautious businessmen out of them. For ten years, they postponed their dream of having a flourishing settlement at Oyster Point across the marsh from here, where deeper water was ideal for trade. They opted instead for the relative safety of Albemarle Point because the creek and marsh provided greater defense. These natural elements, however, limited their capacity for trade.

Once the settlement was firmly established, the colonists moved to Oyster Point and helped develop the port city known today as Charleston.
 
Location. 32° 48.055′ N, 79° 58.959′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from Old Town Plantation Road. Click for map. Marker is located on the History Trail at Charles Towne Landing. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston SC 29407, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trade, Profits and Support (within shouting distance of this marker); The Adventure, Trading Ketch (within shouting distance of this marker); Ship Shaping (within shouting distance of this
Postponed Aspirations Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
2. Postponed Aspirations Marker
marker); Seized! (within shouting distance of this marker); Harnessing the Wind (within shouting distance of this marker); On the Edge of an Empire (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Common Lodging (about 600 feet away); Mixed Results (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a picture of ships near the city of Charleston. It has a caption of “The move to Oyster Point fulfilled the colonists’ dream of a flourishing port city.”
A map of the vicinity in the upper right of the marker compares the two sites. The caption is as follows:
“Albemarle Point / Old Charles Towne
      • Protected by marshes and narrow creek
      • Limited trade access
      • Easily defensible

Oyster Point / Charleston
      • High ground and deep water
      • Ideal location for port city
      • More exposed to attack”
 
Also see . . .  Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. (Submitted on August 19, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Marker at Charles Towne Landing image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
3. Marker at Charles Towne Landing

 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
View from the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
4. View from the Marker
The Oldtown Creek, seen here, provided the primary access to the Charles Towne settlement.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 211 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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