(State of South Carolina)
- Location: Eastern United States
- Capital: Columbia
- Language(s): English
- Population: 4,764,463
- Total Area: 82,931 sq km
- Curious Alcohol Fact: The Prohibition Act stirred up controversy in the state and the effects are still seen today.
- Most Popular Drink(s): Beers, wines
- Nickname(s): The Palmetto State
- What You Must Do in South Carolina: Watch a game at the William-Bruce Stadium.
Like Rhode Island, the state of South Carolina is one of the 13 original states that declared independence from Great Britain. Alongside North Carolina, the state was named in honor of King Charles II of England (the Latinized form of Charles is Carolus). Interestingly, South Carolina it was the first to break off from the Union. The state assumes a triangular shape and is bounded on the north by its ‘sister’ state of North Carolina while it is bounded by Georgia on the southwest. To the southeast of the state lies the Atlantic Ocean. The state is drained by three principal rivers –the Santee, the Savannah and the Pee Dee. The state is also home to a number of lakes and some of the best known include Lake Marion, Clark Hills Lake and Lake Hartwell. The climate of the state has been classified as being humid subtropical climate and that means the winters are generally mild while the days are usually hot and wet although it gets cooler as you approach the Atlantic Coast. Columbia, which occupies a central location, is the capital city and the largest in the state.
In congruency with what obtains in other parts of the United States, almost 70% of the state’s residents are Whites. However, it is quite interesting to know that unlike the trend in many other states where Blacks are in the minority, African Americans make up almost a third of the population in South Carolina. Other ethnic groups in the state are American Indians (or American Natives), Asians and Native Hawaiians (and other Pacific Islanders). Most South Carolinians are Christians and the largest denominations are Protestant (Southern Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians).
The best word to use in describing eating in the state is fabulous! The state is known for its fantastic lowcountry cuisine and it is only by paying a visit to the Palmetto State that you can actually savor all the flavors. If you are a lover of soups, your hosts will spoil you silly with sweet potato and crab soup, and to be honest, nothing actually tastes better. Another soup that other tourists will advice you to taste is the gumbo soup, which is made from okra. Being so close to the ocean, do not be surprised when you come across steamed lobsters or roasted oysters. In the cities, you also need to stimulate your taste buds with the delicious Charleston red rice and you can top it with roasted chicken breast.
When you need something to drink in South Carolina, you can always get premium coffee and tea at many of the cafes and restaurants. However, for those who like adventure, you can check out some of the cool wines and local beers in the state. The best place to tour for the finest liquor in the state is the capital city of Columbia.
- It was the first state to break off from the Union.
- The capital city is Columbia.
- There are many lakes in South Carolina.
- Smoking laws are some of the tightest in the United States.
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