South Carolina History, Geography, Population, State Facts

The Palmetto State

Great Seal of the State of South Carolina

Adoptedin 1776.

On March 26, 1776, the Provincial Congress of South Carolina set up an independent government, electing John Rutledge, President. On April 2, 1776, the President and Privy Council were authorized by Resolution of the General Assembly "to design and cause to be made a Great Seal of South Carolina."Following exploration of the coast in 1521 by Francisco de Gordillo, the Spanish tried unsuccessfully to establish a colony near present-day Georgetown in 1526, and the French also failed to colonize Parris Island near Fort Royal in 1562. The first English settlement was made in 1670 at Albemarle Point on the Ashley River, but poor conditions drove the settlers to the site of Charleston (originally called Charles Town).

South Carolina, officially separated from North Carolina in 1729, was the scene of extensive military action during the Revolution and again during the Civil War. The Civil War began in 1861 as South Carolina troops fired on federal Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, and the state was the first to secede from the Union.
Capital City: Columbia

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Area: 32007 sq.mi, 40th   Land 30111 sq. mi., 40th   Water 1896 sq.mi., 21st   Coastline 187 mi.,11th   Shoreline 2,876 mi., 11th

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Constitution: 8th State

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Economy: Agriculture: Tobacco, poultry, cattle, dairy products, soybeans, hogs.   Industry: Textile goods, chemical products, paper products, machinery, tourism.

Flag: South Carolina (SC)

Flower: Yellow Jessamine   Gelsemium sempervirens

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Geographic Center: Richland, 13 miles southeast of Columbia

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Highest Point: Sassafras Mountain; 3,560 feet, 29th

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Lowest Point: Atlantic coast; sea level, 3rd

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Motto: Prepared in mind and resources / While I breathe, I hope

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Name: South Carolina named in honor of England's King Charles I

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Population: Quick facts   4,012,012; 26th, 12/00

Presidential Birthplace: Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837 {7th}

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