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A little history:

Population per the 2012 census- 4,723,723

South Carolina was admitted as the 8th state on May 23rd 1788.

SC has three historic state mottos that date back to 1776: Animis opibusque parati (Prepared in mind and resources), Dum spiro spero (While I breathe, I hope) and the third “Quis separabit?” ( "Who Will Separate Us?”).

The South Carolina motto "Dum Spiro Spero" is thought to have been written by Marcus Tullius Cicero, one of the great Roman statesman and philosopher.

Known as the ‘The Palmetto State’.

In 2012 South Carolina remained a ‘Red’ state with a 26.6% conservative advantage. We need to work together to maintain this advantage.

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In 1670 the first whites were successful in establishing settlements in SC.

The Yamasee War 1715–1717, an Indian war, against  the British settlers and Traders came to a fragile end when the Cherokees sided with the British against their traditional foe the Creek.

By the 1770's relations between the colonies and Great Britain had deteriorated and many colonists advocated rebellion. In 1774 South Carolina elected delegates to the Continental Congress. In 1775 a revolutionary government was established at Charles Town, even though many Carolinians still supported Great Britain. Later that year the last ‘royal’ governor fled.

More Revolutionary War battles and skirmishes were fought in South Carolina than any other state, including major engagements at Sullivan Island, Camden, Kings Mountain and Cowpens.

SC being the eighth state to ratify the new Constitution it was the first to secede in 1860. Tensions between the state and the federal government reached a climax. SC was not happy over restrictions on free trade and about calls for the abolition of slavery. When Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor on April 12, 1861, the nation plunged into Civil War.

Before the Civil War the states of the Confederacy would have comprised the fourth wealthiest nation in the world and the state of SC contributed much to that wealth.

The Civil War decimated SC. Some one fifth of the white male population was lost. In early 1865 when General William T. Sherman marched his troops through South Carolina he burned  plantations and most of the city of Columbia.

It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that South Carolina began to recover from the Civil War.

SC gave us Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren as Presidents and John Caldwell Calhoun as Vice President.

In addition she provided the native son Edward Rutledge the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence.

 

 

 


 

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