Yet another of the original Thirteen Colonies, the State of South Carolina is nicknamed the "Palmetto State" (that's not a palm tree on the state flag). It actually officially declared independence from Britain a full year before the signing of the Declaration of Independence and governed itself as an independent state for the whole of that period. The famous Gadsden flag designnote was also the doing of a man from this state.
It's one of the archetypal Deep South states, along with Mississippi, Alabama and the non-Atlanta parts of Georgia. The Civil War started here; South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union (and the last to be readmitted), and the first battle of the war took place at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. It was also the site of the first successful submarine attack on an enemy ship. Stephen Colbert is from there (but was born in Washington, D.C.). Also the home state of Frank Underwood.
Also, a popular 1920s dance was named after the iconic harbor city.
On Interstate 95 at the border between North and South Carolina is one of the largest Tourist Traps in the country, South of the Border, probably most well known as a big seller of fireworks.
Works set in South Carolina:
- Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a book set here, about Abraham Lincoln fighting vampires.
- Bastard out of Carolina is a movie (and book) set here that explores poverty in the state.
- The Secret Life of Bees is a book about a girl struggling in an abusive family set here.
- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is an entire series set here about a circle of friends who discover a pair of jeans that fits them all, and decide to rotate who gets it and when.
- Special Bulletin is a made-for-TV movie set here.