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The Seewee and Wando Indians were present when the Europeans came to settle in 1680 when 2,340 acres of land were given to Captain Florentia O’Sullivan. This land - subsequently referred to as “North Point or “Old Woman’s Point”, encompassed the area that is now named for Captain O’Sullivan (Sullivan’s Island) and what was to become Mt. Pleasant. FIfty-one settlers came to the area in 1696 and settled on what was to become farmland between the Atlantic Ocean, the Wando River and the Awendaw Creek. The early years saw attacks by the Spanish and the French, both powers ultimately being repelled. Supported by deep harbors and plentiful woods, shipbuilding became an important industry.
1706 saw the Colony of Carolina divided into 10 parishes, with the Christ Church Parish encompassing what was to become Mt. Pleasant in later years. The Parish had about 400 colonists and 637 slaves by 1721. Plantations produced crops such as indigo, rice, corn, beans and cotton. Shipbuilding continued to be a vital industry with brickmaking, cattle raising being added to the economy of the Lowcountry. The Revolutionary War arrived with the invasion of British, and one Colonel Moultrie stood up successfully to the British Navy during an early battle. Moultrie’s actions led to Fort Sullivan becoming Fort Moultrie. The British held the upper hand in the area by 1780 and were said to have established headquarters at Mount Pleasant Plantation. Mount Pleasant was also embroiled in the Civil War with Mount Pleasant having the distinction of holding the first public gathering to discuss secession from the United States of America. After secession Mount Pleasant contributed to the defense of Ft. Sumter and the harbor.
Surrender to Union troops occurred in 1865. Defeat led to many changes for the area with many freed slaves beginning to acquire farms and businesses. One that has survived today is the weaving of sweetgrass baskets and other items. Mount Pleasant has often had to battle the elements - an 1886 earthquake, a 1911 hurricane and then Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Hurricane Hugo handed the area the most devastating damage of the storms but eventually the community recovered. Mount Pleasant, with the development of a trolley system and later the building of roads and bridges, this community has been able to enjoy the fruits of closer ties to its neighbors. 2019 population figures of over 89,000 lead some to consider Mount Pleasant to be one of the largest towns in South Carolina.
A great place to eat in Mount Pleasant is Page's Okra Grill