Wikipedia's article on South Carolina.
A state of the southeast United States bordering on the Atlantic Ocean. It was admitted as one of the original Thirteen Colonies in 1788. First visited by Spanish explorers in the early 1500's, the region was granted by Charles II of England to eight of his principal supporters in 1663. The territory was divided into the colonies of North Carolina and South Carolina in 1729. South Carolina was a leader in the movement for independence from Great Britain and was the first state to secede from the Union (1860), thus precipitating the Civil War. Columbia is the capital and the largest city. Population, 3,505,707.
South Carolina, state in the southeastern United States, on the Atlantic Ocean, south of North Carolina and northeast of Georgia. Columbia is the capital and largest city. The state's nickname is the Palmetto State. The palmetto is the state tree.