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South Carolina's History

South Carolina was named to honor King Charles I (Carolus is Latin for Charles).

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 was based on a plantation culture with an aristocratic, wealthy society that was dependent on black slave labor. One of the original 13 colonies, South Carolina was first formed in 1729 when the Carolina colony was divided in two to form North and South Carolina. The attack on Fort Sumter in the Charleston harbor launched the Civil War. After the war, the structure of the state changed.

It was admitted to the Union on May 23, 1788 and became the 8th state.

State Symbols
Mottoes: Animis opibusque parati (Prepared in mind and resources) and Dum spiro spero (While I breathe, I hope)
Flower: Carolina yellow jessamine (1924)
Tree: Palmetto tree (1939)
Bird: Carolina wren (1948)
Song: “Carolina” (1911)
Nickname: Palmetto State

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ABBEVILLE AIKEN
ALLENDALE ANDERSON
BAMBERG BARNWELL
BEAUFORT BERKELEY
CALHOUN CHARLESTON
CHEROKEE CHESTER
CHESTERFIELD CLARENDON
COLLETON DARLINGTON
DILLON DORCHESTER
EDGEFIELD FAIRFIELD
FLORENCE GEORGETOWN
GREENVILLE - Hosted! GREENWOOD
HAMPTON HORRY
JASPER KERSHAW
LANCASTER LAURENS - Hosted!
LEE LEXINGTON
MARION MARLBORO
MCCORMICK NEWBERRY - Hosted!
OCONEE ORANGEBURG
PICKENS RICHLAND
SALUDA SPARTANBURG
SUMTER UNION
WILLIAMSBURG YORK

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Schools:
Erskine College, 1920
Wofford College, 1856 - 1872 Graduates and Students
South Carolina Military Academy, 1853
1917-18 School Directory
1937 Morris College, Sumter County


Military:
South Carolina Troops in Confederate Service, Vol. II
Army Casualty List, Oct. 1918

Pensioners of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 & Indian War
1813 Rev. War Pensioners
Palmetto
Riflemen
1918 Camp Sevier
News:
Marriages and Death Notices
Many death notices from 1914

Misc.
Doctors of South Carolina
Certificate of Naturalization
Cotton Mills

Passenger Ships to SC:
Passenger List for the Earl of Donagal

Biographies:
Logan Manuscript


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