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Carolina colony was established by British and it was split in 1729 into North and South Carolina as it was deemed to big to govern effectively. Carolina is named after King Charles I of England. Charles II of England granted a charter to start a colony and named it in honor of his father, Charles I ('Carolus' is the Latin word for Charles)
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In the late 1920s, the South Carolina Natural Resources Commission began a public relations campaign to advertise the high iodine levels found in fruits and vegetables grown in the state. The campaign placed the motto “Iodine” on South Carolina automobile license plates in 1930, then expanded the phrase in subsequent years to “The Iodine State” and “The Iodine Products State.”


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John Rutledge is the only person to have the privilege of being “President of South Carolina” and 'Governor of South Carolina' South Carolina's first constitution, drawn up on March 26, 1776, called the highest elected position of the state 'President of South Carolina' and the same year, John Rutledge got elected as the first President of South Carolina. He resigned in in protest when South Carolina legislature proposed a new constitution. The revised constitution changed the title of the highest elected position of the state to 'Governor' and John Rutledge was elected as the first Governor of South Carolina
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Columbia, South Carolina hosted Secession Convention in 1860, which led to South Carolina becoming the first state to leave the Union in the events leading up to the Civil War. South Carolina seceded from the Union on December 20, 1860. South Carolinian troops fired the first shots in the Civil War, at Fort Sumter. After Confederacy was defeated, it was readmitted to the United States on June 25, 1886. South Carolina is still paying price for that with the lives of its citizens as the racial embers started in 19th century are still burning
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The first opera performed in the United States, a comic ballad opera called Flora, opened in Charleston in 1735.
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The Charleston Tea Plantation, located about twenty miles south of Charleston, South Carolina on Wadmalaw Island, is the only working tea plantation in the United States.

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South Carolina is second largest peach-producing states in the United States (only California produces more peaches) South Carolina produces more peaches than the 'Peach State' (Georgia)
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The Carolina Reaper, a cultivar of chili pepper bred in a Rock Hill, South Carolina greenhouse by Ed Currie, has been rated as the world's hottest chili pepper by Guinness Book of World Records since August 7, 2013. It averages a 1,569,300 on the Scoville scale with peak levels of over 2,200,000 Scoville Heat Units.
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South Carolina is called the Palmetto State, named for the abundant Sabal Palmetto trees that grow along its coast. Palmetto trees played an important role in American colonists’ first victory during the Revolutionary War. The walls of Fort Sullivan (now Fort Moultrie) on Sullivan's Island in Charleston Harbor were made out of palmetto logs packed with sand, and the British cannonballs were absorbed into the soft core of the logs without doing much damage, and the British were repulsed, saving Charleston. The battle anniversary is still celebrated as "Carolina Day", on June 28 each year.
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Morgan Island (aka Monkey Island), an uninhabited island in South Carolina, is home to the only free-ranging colony of rhesus macaque monkeys in the United States. There are around 3,500 monkeys minding their own business on the island.
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Charleston, South Carolina was known as Charles Town until 1783 and served as capital of South Carolina until Columbia became the permanent capital of South Carolina in 1786