A Walking Tour of Charleston, South Carolina – The Walled City
a walking tour in the Look Up, America series from walkthetown.com
by Doug Gelbert
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Charleston was a walled fortress city between the years of 1690 and 1720, a period of constant danger from hostile French and Spanish invaders, Native American tribes, and pirates. In all drawings from that time, the walls are depicted as straight and sharply angular, with no evidence of haphazard construction. While the bastions may have begun as crude earthworks, it seems clear that by the early 18th century they had been engineered and refined to a fairly high degree of sophistication.