g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Natural Living
Folklore and Mythology
Distance Learning

All times in EST

Full Schedule
g Southeast USA Site

BellaOnline's Southeast USA Editor


South Carolina Profile

Guest Author - Nick Greene

Size (Land Area): 30,060.70 sq mi. (77,856.8556 sq km)
Population: 4,679,230
Capital: Columbia
State abbreviation/Postal Code: S.C./SC
Entered Union (Rank): May 23, 1788 (8)
Present Constitution Adopted: 1895
Mottoes: Animis opibusque parati (Prepared in mind and resources) and Dum spiro spero (While I breathe, I hope)
Nickname: Palmetto State
Origin of Name: In honor of Charles I of England

State symbols:

  • Flower: Carolina Yellow Jessamine (1924)
  • Tree: Palmetto Tree (1939)
  • Bird: Carolina Wren (1948)
  • Song: “Carolina” (1911) Written by Henry Timrod, Composed by Anne Custis Burgess

10 Largest Cities:

  1. Columbia, 117,357

  2. Charleston, 101,024

  3. North Charleston, 81,577

  4. Rock Hill, 56,114

  5. Greenville, 55,926

  6. Mount Pleasant, 54,788

  7. Sumter, 39,790

  8. Spartanburg, 38,718

  9. Hilton Head Island, 34,407

  10. Summerville, 31,734

Points of interest:

  • Historic Charleston - Charleston
  • Myrtle Beach - Myrtle Beach
  • Edisto Island - Edisto
  • Beaufort - Beaufort
  • Columbia - Columbia
  • Fort Sumter National Monument - Charleston Harbor
  • Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden - Columbia
  • USS Yorktown - Mount Pleasant
  • Kings Mountain State Park - Blacksburg
  • Table Rock State Park - Pickens
  • Ripley's Aquarium - Myrtle Beach
  • Magnolia Plantation and Gardens - Charleston
  • Darlington Raceway - Darlington
  • Drayton Hall - Charleston
  • Hollywild Animal Park - Wellford
  • Waterfront Park - Charleston

History in Brief

The land of South Carolina did not spring into existence with the arrival of European explorers. Early inhabitants of what is now the state of South Carolina included the Yamasee, the Catawba and the Cherokee.

While many people only consider the history of English explorers and settlers, French explorer Jean Ribault founded Charlesfort in 1562 and Spaniards established the colony of Santa Elena in 1566, both on what is now known as Parris Island. Neither colony lasted.

The following century, in England, King Charles II gave the area known as Carolina (in his honor) to the eight (8) Lord Proprietors who succeeded in establishing the first permanent European settlement, Charlestowne, in 1670 at Albemarle Point on the Ashley River. Charlestowne later moved across the river to a peninsula between the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, where it exists as Charleston to this day.

South Carolinians have never taken well to authority at a distance. They were leaders in the resistance leading up to the Revolutionary war. Many skirmishes and battles were fought on South Carolina's soil. The first decisive victory of the Revolution came at the hands of soldiers guarding the entrance to Charleston harbor at Fort Moultrie. Military historians say the battles of Kings Mountain and Cowpens were the turning point which led to the US victory in the war. On May 23, 1788, South Carolina ratified the constitution, becoming the 8th state of a new nation.

However, on December 20, 1860, South Carolina was the first state to attempt to leave the young nation when they passed the Ordinance of Secession in Charleston. Just four months later, the War Between the States began when shots were fired at Fort Sumter in the Charleston Harbor on April 12, 1861. The state survived the Civil War with some areas receiving more damage than others.

Like most of the south, South Carolina took a major hit to its economy and required years to recover. By the turn of the 20th century, that recovery was finally under way, with textiles leading the way.

Today, industries range from low to high tech. Transportation has a high profile with the production of tires, luxury automobiles and commercial jets. For many years, tourism has played a large part in the economy as people have discovered the beautiful beaches and stately mountains that bookend the state.
This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add South+Carolina+Profile to Twitter Add South+Carolina+Profile to Facebook Add South+Carolina+Profile to MySpace Add South+Carolina+Profile to Digg South+Carolina+Profile Add South+Carolina+Profile to Yahoo My Web Add South+Carolina+Profile to Google Bookmarks Add South+Carolina+Profile to Stumbleupon Add South+Carolina+Profile to Reddit

RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Southeast USA Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2018 by Nick Greene. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Nick Greene. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.


g features
Baton Rouge Louisiana

St Augustine Florida

The Great Delta Bear Affair

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Note: BellaOnline uses cookies to help provide a consistent user experience. Our advertisers may use cookies to help customize ads. Please contact us with any question about our cookie use.

Summertime Foods
Corn on the Cob
Burgers on the Grill
Apple Pie


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2018 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor