Come To Hilton Head
The island of Hilton Head, South Carolina, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. Hilton Head timeshares are one of the best ways to enjoy visiting this unique island off of the coast and between its popular beaches, shopping attractions, and historical sites you will never get bored visiting this area of the south time and time again.
Hilton Head was discovered in August 1633 by English sea captain William Hilton. He named the island after himself, using the word head to refer to the headlands that were visible to the captain and his ship as they sailed through uncharted waters. He was so fascinated with the island that he took his time sailing through the area, noting the trees and crops found there as well as the sweetness of the water and clarity of the air. By 1698 the area started being developed by the English although they were harassed by the local Indian tribes who were being sponsored by the Spanish who were also looking to colonize the area.
By 1766, however, 25 families had come to live on Hilton Head and it was protected by Spanish invaders by the half-galley Beaufort under the command of David Cutler Braddock. The cove at the southern point of the island was named after him. Hilton Head was involved in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Gullah a mixture of different languages was spoken on the island for years and the culture behind this unique dialect of South Carolina is being preserved still today.
The 1950s saw some major changes on Hilton Head as electricity was run from the mainland to the island to be followed by telephone in 1960. The last 19,000 acres of the island was bought and developed by a group of Georgia natives who preserved the natural environment of the island while building residences and tourist accommodations. The nostalgic ferry boats were replaced by bridges and dirt roads by paved ones. Residential plantations also sprouted up all over the island, many of which were developed using the property boundaries of the original plantations found on Hilton Head during the Civil War.
By 2006, there were more than 39,000 people regularly living on Hilton Head and that is not counting the many tourists and Hilton Head timeshare owners that come on a regular seasonal basis. It boasts its own hospital as well as many world class golf courses, tennis courts and other attractions in addition to miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches that are pristine and welcoming. With the mixture of modern convenience, natural beauty and intoxicating sea air, it is very understandable why so many people flock here for vacation.
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