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Top 16 South Carolina Facts

Prabhakar Pillai Jul 24, 2020
South Carolina is a US state located in the southeastern region of the country. Its capital is Columbia.
The state's total area is 32,020 square miles and has 5 million residents.
1. Nicknamed 'The Palmetto State', South Carolina became a US state in 1788.
2. The state seceded from the Union in 1861 becoming the first state to do so.
3. The American Civil War started here in 1861. Confederate troops attacked Fort Sumter in Charleston triggering off the War.
4. In 1868, the state rejoined USA. However South Carolina suffered immense damage to its economy and population because of the Civil War.
5. The state was named after King Charles I of England. Carlus is the Latin equivalent for 'Charles'.
6. More battles took place here during the American Revolution than in any other colony.
7. One of the US's oldest surviving trees called 'The Angel Oak' is located near Charleston city. It is more than 500 years old.
8. The state boasts of over 300 golf courses. Charleston hosted the first ever golf game in the US.
9. In the US, South Carolina is surpassed only by California in the production of peaches. The popular but incorrect belief is that Georgia produces more peaches than South Carolina.
10. Morgan Island is home to around 3,500 rhesus macaque monkeys. This is the only place in the US where this monkey species is not in captivity.
11. Sweet tea originated from this state. It is famous as South Carolina's hospitality beverage.
12. It is believed that this state is the birthplace of barbecue. Native Americans employed this technique to cook hogs many centuries ago.
13. The state tree is the sabal palmetto. These trees were popularly employed to construct forts as their soft wood could not be damaged by cannon balls.
14. Several avian species here are named after the state such as the Carolina Wren and Carolina chickadee.
15. Several popular movies were filmed in this state including 'Sleeping with the Enemy' and 'The Notebook'.
16. South Carolina is the only US state to own as well as operate its own school bus fleet.