South Carolina was the 8th state admitted to the Union on May 23, 1788. It is a beautiful state with coastlines, plains, rivers, forests, mountains and islands. The state also carries a rich history starting in the early colonial times. Here are some interesting facts about the Palmetto State.
Fact 1: South Carolina was the first colony to declare independence from England during the American Revolution. It was also the first state to secede form the Union during the American Civil War period.
Fact 2: South Carolina law states that police officers must video record all driving under the influence (DUI) arrests and breathalyzer alcohol testing.
Fact 3: The name Carolina is derived from Carolus which is the Latin form of Charles. The land was originally under the rule of King Charles I of England.
Fact 4: Some famous persons born in South Carolina are: Joe Frazier (former heavyweight boxing champion), ‘œDizzy’ Gillespie (jazz musician), Andrew Jackson (former president), Rev. Jesse Jackson (civil rights activist)
Fact 5: The South Carolina state animal is the Whitetail Deer. The state bird is the Carolina Wren. The state fish is the Wood Duck.
Fact 6: Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina houses the world’s largest collection of outdoor sculpture.
Fact 7: The first European settlement was established in South Carolina in 1526 near present-day Georgetown.
Fact 8: The first American built ship that crossed the Atlantic Ocean was built in South Carolina.
Fact 9: On September 9, 1739, the first major slave revolt in the country happened at the Stono River plantations. This area is located southwest of present-day Charleston.
Fact 10: On February 18, 1735 the first opera in the country was performed at the Courtroom in Charles Town. The opera was Flora, or Hob in the Well.