Simply Carolina- The History of the Palmetto State

South Carolina is one of my top ten favorite places to visit. With each trip, I love learning more about the state’s history and importance. My appreciation for history takes over and I always leave with a few more little known facts.

Here are a few of my favorite South Carolina fast facts.

  1. The state was originally part of the English colony, Province of Carolina, and was named after King Charles I.
  2. There are 46 counties and regions include: the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charleston Metro Area, Coastal South Carolina, and Sea Islands.
  3. Roughly 4.6 million people live in the Palmetto state.
  4. Columbia is the state capital and largest city. Charleston is the 2nd largest city with nearly 660,000 people.
  5. A quick timeline of South Carolina’s history:

16th century- 1st explored by the Europeans

17th century- Native Americans expel most of the Spaniards

1670s- The English begin arriving to the colony

December 20, 1860- South Carolina becomes the 1st state to secede from the Union.

1960s- The Civil Rights Movement proved to be transformative in the state

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