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South Carolina State Facts

Population (1994): 3,664,000 (25th in size)

State size: 31,113 square miles (40th in size)

State Capital: Columbia (named after Christopher Columbus)

Major cities: Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Spartanburg and Rock Hill

Admission to union: The 8th State

Date entered the union: May 23, 1788

Origin of state name: Named after King Charles I of England (Carolus is the Latin form of Charles).

Nicknames: The Palmetto State

Bordering states: Georgia and North Carolina, with the Atlantic Ocean on the east.

State bird: Carolina Wren

State flower: Yellow Jasmine

State tree: Palmetto

Motto: While I Breathe, I Hope Prepared in Mind and Resources


Geographic Landmarks

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Blue Ridge Mountains  


Points of Interest

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Major Industries

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Major agriculture includes as tobacco, soybeans, corn and peaches. Manufacturing includes textiles, clothing, furniture, timber production and chemicals.  


Historical Highlights

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Although explored by the French and Spanish, the first permanent settlements were in 1670 by the British. The Carolinas played a major role in the American Revolution.  


Population and Culture

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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about South Carolina

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South Carolina State Facts

South Carolina State Flag


South Carolina State Government home page

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