Charleston is the oldest city in the U. Charleston had an estimated population of , in Its initial location at Albemarle Point on the west bank of the Ashley River now Charles Towne Landing was abandoned in for its present site, which became the fifth-largest city in North America within ten years. Charles Town played a major role in the slave trade , which laid the foundation for the city's size and wealth. Despite its size, it remained unincorporated throughout the colonial period; its government was handled directly by a colonial legislature and a governor sent by London, UK. Election districts were organized according to Anglican parishes, and some social services were managed by Anglican wardens and vestries. Charleston adopted its present spelling with its incorporation as a city in at the close of the Revolutionary War.
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