Thursday, March 29, 2012
When did Charles Town, South Carolina change to Charleston?
Dr. David Ramsay observed that "A spirit has gone forth among the lower class of people to drive away certain persons whom they call Tories". In July public meetings of the laboring classes called for the expulsion of the British merchants and Tories. Instead the city legislature changed the name of the city from Charles Town to Charleston and corrected the pronunciation to sound more like "CHAHLston" as a way of announcing their independence from Britain.