About South Carolina:The first English settlement in South Carolina was established in 1670 at Albemarle Point on the Ashley River. Harsh conditions soon drove the settlers to the site of present day Charleston. The Spanish and the French tried unsuccessfully to establish colonies, after Spanish explorer Francisco de Gordillo explored the coast in 1521.
South Carolina officially separated from North Carolina in 1729, and was the location of extensive military action during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. The Civil War began in 1861 as South Carolina troops fired on federal Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, and South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union.
Once primarily an agricultural society, South Carolina has developed a significant contribution to industry including textiles, asbestos, wood, pulp, steel products, chemicals, machinery, and apparel.
The farming industry is still thriving in South Carolina and they rank third in peach production and fourth in overall tobacco production. Other top agricultural commodities include nursery and greenhouse products, watermelons, peanuts, poultry and beef.
Among South Carolina’s many tourist attractions are the Fort Sumter National Monument, Fort Moultrie, Fort Johnson, the Middleton, Magnolia, the Cypress Gardens in Charleston, Cowpens National Battlefield, the Hilton Head resorts, and the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden in Columbia.
A few facts about South Carolina:
• The population of South Carolina is 4,198,068 people.
• Land size, 30,109 square miles.
• Persons per square mile is 133.2
• 6.6% are kids under the age of 5 years old.
• 25.2% persons under the age of 18 years old.
• 12.1% of people are over the age of 65 years old.
• 51.4% female persons.
• The median household income is $37,082.
• The average per capita money income is $18,795.
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