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 South Carolina, USA - Flag of South Carolina Adopted January 26, 1861

South Carolina is the nation's leading peach producer and shipper east of the Mississippi River.

Before being known as the Palmetto State, South Carolina was known as, and had emblazoned on their license plates, the Iodine State.

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Flag of South Carolina
Adopted January 26, 1861
South Carolina, USA
Flag of South Carolina
Adopted January 26, 1861
Main St, Looking South toward the Capitol
South Carolina, USA

Main St, Looking South toward the Capitol

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(IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
Marion Tourist Camp, North Charleston, South Carolina
South Carolina, USA

Marion Tourist Camp, North Charleston, South Carolina
Company A, Barracks and Naval Station, Port Royal, S. C.
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Company A, Barracks and Naval Station, Port Royal, S. C.

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1566 - South Carolina was first settled by the Spanish in 1566 and later became an English colony. resources/ state-facts/ south-carolina.html
1712 - Territory of Carolina divided into North and South; each had own governor webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sctimeln.htm
1730-39 - About 20,000 enslaved Africans brought to South Carolina webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sctimeln.htm
1788 - South Carolina became 8th state

1804 - Hurricane struck South Carolina

1830 - Country's first railroad built for a steam engine begins operation in South Carolina

The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
1860 - December 20 - South Carolina first state to secede from the Union prior to Civil War webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sctimeln.htm
December 20, 1860
1861 - Start of U.S. Civil War - April 12, 1861 - Confederate forces fire upon Fort Sumter.
The shelling of the fort was the culmination of a simmering conflict in which a small garrison of Union troops in South Carolina found themselves isolated when the state seceded from the Union.

The shelling of Fort Sumter lasted less than two days and had no great tactical significance, but the symbolism was enormous on both sides.

Once Fort Sumter was fired upon there was no turning back. The North and the South were at war.
April 12, 1861
1868 - South Carolina readmitted to Union; new Constitution written; Sen. B.F. Randolph murdered by radical whites in Abbeville County webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sctimeln.htm
1871 - October 17 - President Grant suspends the writ of habeas corpus in South Carolina where the Ku Klux Klan is active.
February 19, 1884 - Severe thunderstorms spawned sixty tornadoes in the southeastern U.S., killing more than 420 persons and causing three million dollars damage. Georgia and the Carolinas hardest were hit in the tornado outbreak.
1891 - Fatal Disregard of a Wife's Advice
Union, S. C, March 17. - A very sad accident occurred near Home postoffice, in this County, last Friday, 13th instant. C. LaFayette Kirby was cleaning out his well, when the rope, or chain, broke and the bucket, with its contents, (estimated to weigh about 150 pounds,) fell on him. His neck was broken and he died instantly. We have heard from good authority that he went into the well that morning against the protest of his wife, who proposed to pay for cleaning it with her own money. But he scouted the idea of her proposition and told her "good bye" as he descended into his premature grave. Two colored men were at the windlass. The bucket was near the top when it fell hack. The younger of the men at the windlass immediately seized the rope and descended to learn the fate of the unfortunate man below. He found him dead. He tied the rope around the dead man's body and the other drew it out of the well. We are told that the whole matter was the work of only a few minutes, and certainly... Read MORE...

1895 - South Carolina
South Carolina, kār-o-li'na, one of the Southern Atlantic States, and one of the original thirteen member of the American Union, bounded N. and N.E. by North Carolina, S.E. by the Atlantic, and S.W. by Georgia, lying between lat. 32° and 35° 10' N. and Lon. 78° 25' and 8 19'W. It is separated from Georgia by the Savannah and Chattooga Rivers, and is of roughly triangular outline. Area, 30,570 square miles...
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1901 - June 27 - There was a rain of fish from the sky at Tiller's Ferry, SC. Hundreds of fish were swimming between cotton rows after a heavy shower.
June 27, 1901
1914 - March 25 - Society Hill, SC, was buried under 18 inches of snow, establishing a state record.
1916 - December 31 – The Hampton Terrace Hotel in North Augusta, South Carolina, one of the largest and most luxurious hotels in the nation at the time, burns to the ground.
December 31, 1916
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in South Carolina:
1. Charleston: Charleston is known for its historic charm, cobblestone streets, and antebellum architecture. Explore the historic district, visit plantations like Boone Hall, and take a carriage ride through the city to learn about its history.

2. Myrtle Beach: This popular beach destination offers miles of sandy shores, golf courses, amusement parks, and a lively boardwalk. It's perfect for a family vacation or a relaxing beach getaway.

3. Hilton Head Island: Known for its upscale resorts, Hilton Head Island offers beautiful beaches, world-class golf courses, and plenty of water sports activities like kayaking and paddleboarding.

4. Columbia: South Carolina's capital city has a lot to offer, including the South Carolina State House, Riverbanks Zoo, and Gardens, as well as museums like the South Carolina State Museum.

5. Greenville: Located in the Upstate region, Greenville has a vibrant downtown area with shops, restaurants, and a beautiful park called Falls Park on the... Read MORE...

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