Beaufort, Beaufort County, South Carolina 
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Beaufort, S.C., a town and county-seat  of Beaufort County; on the Port Royal River,  and the Charleston & W. C. R.R. ; 15 miles  from the ocean and 80 miles southwest of Charleston. It is midway between Charleston and Savannah ; has an excellent harbor, and is the centre of the phosphate trade of the State. It was founded in 1711, and for many years prior to the Civil War was a noted health and pleasure resort, especially for the cotton
planters interested in the plantations on the adjoining Sea Islands. It is still a popular summer and winter resort, principally engaged in phosphate mining, and with large exports of cotton, yellow pine and cypress lumber, rice,
and sweet potatoes. In the fiscal year ending 30 June 1900, the imports of merchandise here aggregated
in value $81.042, and the exports, $181,908. Pop. (1000) 4,110.

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