THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO
17 February 2014
Things That Make You Go
In 1996 I fell in love.The moment I landed in Charleston, South Carolina, on my way to a small barrier island 35 minutes away for a family vacation, I got that feeling in my stomach that this was a special place.Eighteen years on, and my love affair with the Carolina Low Country has only deepened.Now that I live in Singapore, my visits are far more infrequent than I would like, but whenever I get the chance to spend time amongst the marshes or at the beach, I fall in love all over again.The city of Charleston is beautiful. Small enough to
walk around, but lled with wonderful restaurants,
gorgeous architecture, quaint shops, and the vibrancy of youth that comes with being home to several colleges (Go Cougars!).It has twice been voted "America's friendliest city" by
Condé Nast Traveler
(a judgment I can second, having done my fair share of traveling around the United States over the years) and also "the most polite and hospitable city in America" — though in fairness, that particular award was bestowed upon the fair city of Charleston by
magazine, which may well have a dog in that particular hunt. No matter.
Above all, however, the city is lled with history; and this week I am going to share with you a
story which illustrates beautifully why understanding history is perhaps more important today than ever before — certainly when you are considering what to do with your savings.Charleston is the oldest city in the State of South Carolina, founded in 1670 as Charles Towne — a tribute to King Charles II of England. Seven short years after the War of Independence ended, that name, funnily enough, was changed to its present form.But Charleston's greatest claim to historical fame is two events that occurred 83 days apart in early 1861.On January 9, a group of cadets from The Citadel, a military college (Go Bulldogs!) that still sits just north
of downtown Charleston, opened re on the Union
ship Star of the West as it entered Charleston Harbor on its way to resupply the troops stationed at Fort Sumter.