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The perimeter streets and two through streets were 150 feet (46 m) wide.
The remaining squares were divided by thoroughfares 100 feet (30 m) wide.
The leaders of South Carolina wished to monitor the progress and development of the school; for many years after the founding of the university, commencement exercises were held in December while the state legislature was in session.
There was considerable argument over the name for the new city.
The blocks were divided into lots of 0.5 acres (2,000 m) and sold to speculators and prospective residents.
Buyers had to build a house at least 30 feet (9.1 m) long and 18 feet (5.5 m) wide within three years or face an annual 5% penalty.
In 1860, the city was the location of the South Carolina Secession Convention, which marked the departure of the first state from the Union in the events leading up to the Civil War.
In May 1540, a Spanish expedition led by Hernando de Soto traversed what is now Columbia while moving northward.
The commissioners comprised the local government until 1797 when a Commission of Streets and Markets was created by the General Assembly.