South Carolina is inspirational. South Carolina was admitted to the Union of the United States of America on May 23, 1788. Before ratifying the United States Constitution it was known as the Province of South Carolina. It is in the southeastern United States. North Carolina borders South Carolina to the north. The Atlantic Ocean is to the east. To the south and west is the Savannah River and Georgia.
Some archeologists believe humans inhabited the area as long as 30,000 years ago. It is believed that there were settlements in South Carolina 15,000 years ago. Approximately 30 Native American Tribes lived in the state when Europeans arrived in the region. Spanish explorers founded a settlement in 1526. This settlement was abandoned after a brief time and claim to the region was made by both the Spanish and the French. England next claimed the region and gave it to Robert Heath. John Locke, another Englishman, wrote the colony’s first constitution. In 1729 North Carolina and South Carolina separated and became their own colonies.
Rice and indigo were farmed and with other pursuits South Carolina, with the help of slaves, established many more settlements. Slaves actually made up the majority of the population after 1708. South Carolina was the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation in 1778.
On December 20, 1860 South Carolina succeeded from the Union. During the American Civil War almost one-third of the white male Confederate soldiers from South Carolina died. South Carolina was restored to the United States after the war. Racial and economic tensions during the late 19th century intensified. Blacks and poor whites were disenfranchised.
The economy of the state thrived with the textile industry in the early 20th century. Agriculture, military bases, and tourism added depth to the economy. Today, South Carolina attracts new businesses with their tax laws. In addition, manufacturing and the service sector account for sizable potions of the stat’s economy. Visual and performing arts attract residents and tourists.
Several geographic areas makeup South Carolina. The Atlantic Coastal Plain is in the southeast. Further inland are ancient dunes, the Sandhills. Next is the Piedmont with its rolling hills and clay soils. The Blue Ridge Mountains are in the northwest. The Upstate region has ancient eroded mountains. Part of the Middle Atlantic coastal forests ecoregion is in the coastal plain. Lakes and rivers are throughout the state. Ten to fifteen earthquakes happen yearly mostly along the central coastline.
South Carolina’s climate is humid subtropical. Summers are hot and humid. Winters are mild in winter, but there are less subtropical characteristics Upland. Winters are colder further from the coast. Precipitation is abundant, especially along the coast. Tropical cyclones and tornados do occur. Approximately 50 thunderstorms, many with hail, occur a year.
In addition to beaches and other tourist attractions and events, federal lands can attract people to South Carolina. There are national historic sites, national parks, and national monuments. Be inspired! Have a bright day!