Old Map of South Carolina by Colton, 1859: Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Spartanburg, Sumter
Old Map of South Carolina by Colton, 1859: Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Spartanburg, Sumter
Old Map of South Carolina by Colton, 1859: Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Spartanburg, Sumter

Old Map of South Carolina by Colton, 1859: Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Spartanburg, Sumter

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Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of American history with this exquisite map of South Carolina, crafted in 1859 by the renowned mapmaker J. H. Colton. This piece hails from a time when the United States was still in its infancy, and the nation's landscape was largely uncharted and ever-changing. As such, this map serves as a fascinating window into the past, providing a snapshot of South Carolina as it was over 150 years ago.

At the time this map was made, many of the settlements we know today were yet to be founded, and many of the names and borders have likely changed. This map features the five most notable settlements in South Carolina in 1855: Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Sumter. Each of these locations carries its own unique history and significance, which is beautifully captured in the intricate details of this map.

J. H. Colton, the mapmaker behind this piece, is generally considered the finest American mapmaker of his era. His work is characterized by its meticulous attention to detail and its high level of accuracy. This map of South Carolina is no exception, showcasing Colton's unparalleled skill and dedication to his craft.

This map is more than just a piece of history; it's a testament to the early days of American exploration and the pioneering spirit that defined this era. It's a tribute to the towns and cities that have shaped South Carolina into the state it is today. And most importantly, it's a work of art, meticulously crafted by one of the most esteemed mapmakers of the 19th century. This is more than just a map - it's a piece of American history, and a testament to the timeless art of cartography.

Whether you're a history enthusiast, a lover of maps, or simply someone who appreciates fine craftsmanship, this map of South Carolina by J. H. Colton is a must-have. It's not just a map, but a journey back in time, offering a glimpse into the past that is as fascinating as it is educational. So why not take a step back in time and explore the history of South Carolina as it was in 1859? With this map, the past is never far away.

Notable Settlements in South Carolina

  1. Charleston (1670): Originally named Charles Town, it was one of the earliest and most significant colonial cities, renowned for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, and distinguished restaurants.
  2. Columbia (1786): Known as the "Capital of Southern Hospitality," Columbia was named for Christopher Columbus and became the state capital in 1786.
  3. Greenville (1831): Named after Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene, Greenville became a major cotton market and industrial center.
  4. Spartanburg (1831): Known as the "Hub City" due to its railroad connections, Spartanburg was a major textile manufacturing center.
  5. Sumter (1845): Named after General Thomas Sumter, the "Fighting Gamecock" of the American Revolutionary War.
  6. Beaufort (1711): The second oldest city in South Carolina, known for its scenic location and historic architecture.
  7. Georgetown (1729): Once one of the wealthiest colonies in the world, known for its rice plantations.
  8. Camden (1733): The oldest inland city in South Carolina, it played key roles in the Revolutionary War.
  9. Orangeburg (1704): Named after William IV, Prince of Orange, it was an important trading center and route to the western territories.
  10. Anderson (1826): Known as "The Electric City" for being the first city in the United States with a continuous supply of electric power.
  11. Aiken (1835): Known for its health resort, it attracted wealthy Northerners who built winter homes here.
  12. Rock Hill (1852): Known for its textile mills and as the largest city in York County.
  13. Abbeville (1785): Known as the "Birthplace and Deathbed of the Confederacy."
  14. Lexington (1735): Known for its rich soil, it was an important agricultural area.
  15. Chester (1785): Known for its historic downtown area and the Chester County Courthouse, designed by Robert Mills.
  16. Newberry (1789): Known for Newberry College and the Newberry Opera House.
  17. Union (1791): Known for its historic homes and the Battle of Blackstock's Farm during the Revolutionary War.
  18. Gaffney (1804): Known for the Gaffney Peachoid, a water tower shaped like a peach.
  19. Laurens (1785): Known for its historic downtown area and the Laurens County Courthouse.
  20. Clinton (1852): Known for being the home of Presbyterian College.

Native American Tribes in South Carolina

  • Cherokee: The largest tribe in South Carolina, they occupied the mountainous region of the state.
  • Catawba: Known as "River People," they resided along the Catawba River.
  • Yamasee: A multiethnic confederation, they were involved in the Yamasee War against British colonists.
  • Congaree: A small tribe, they lived along the Congaree River.

Notable Natural Features

  • Blue Ridge Mountains: Part of the Appalachian Mountains, it's known for its scenic beauty.
  • Congaree River: Formed by the confluence of the Saluda and Broad Rivers near Columbia.
  • Santee River: Known for its surrounding swamp, a unique ecosystem.
  • Table Rock State Park: Known for its towering mountain and challenging hiking trails.
  • Lake Marion: The largest lake in South Carolina, known for its fishing and boating.

Historical Events (1810-1859)

  • Nullification Crisis (1832-1833): A major event in South Carolina's history, it involved a confrontation between South Carolina and the federal government.
  • The Burning of Columbia (1865): Towards the end of the Civil War, much of Columbia was destroyed by fire.

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This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

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This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

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