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All about South Carolina

Historical Note:

South Carolina fights for states rights . . .

Up until his dying day in 1850 South Carolina's favorite son, John C. Calhoun was the most prominent national defender of "state's rights," holding fast to the concept that states retain certain sovereign powers and delegate only limited power to the Federal Government. With such a powerful spokesperson, it is no wonder South Carolina was the first Southern state to secede from the Union in such quick measure. It took South Carolina's political leaders only 22 minutes to debate and decide the issue, even though just two weeks earlier, President Buchanan had warned, "Secession is neither more nor less than revolution."

Name Origin: English. (Named after Charles II)

Capital: Columbia

Population: 3,664,,000

Area: 31,113 square miles

Statehood: May 23, 1788 (8th state)

Nickname: The Palmetto State

Motto: "While I breathe, I hope"

Famous For: Congaree Swamp National Monument, Hilton Head Island, Myrtle Beach, Plantations, Charleston, Blue Ridge Mountains, Fort Sumter, Tobacco, Corn, Peaches, Cotton, Textiles


Trivia Questions about South Carolina:

1. The Congaree River and Swamp are named for:

  1. A Colonial fabric, similar to dungaree, made from the grasses of this ancient floodplain.
  2. A reddish-green fern that lies along the shores of the river.
  3. A tribe of Indians whose name, Congaree, means, "Scraping bottom."

2. Who was the first European explorer to visit the Conagree Swamp?

  1. Juan Ponce de Leon in 1524
  2. Hernando de Soto in 1540
  3. Antoine de la Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac in 1678

(Answers at bottom of this page)


Trivia Questions about blue herons:

1. The scientific name for the Blue Heron is ardea herodias. What does it mean?

  1. Blue God
  2. Heron Heron
  3. Winged Blueberry
  4. Blue Sun

2. The oldest Blue Heron on record lived to be:

  1. 100 years old
  2. 23 years old
  3. 10 years old
  4. 46 years old

3. The Blue Heron is also known as:

  1. Big Cranky
  2. Blue Crane
  3. Poor Joe
  4. Long John
  5. All of the above
  6. None of the above

(Answers at bottom of this page)


Answers to Trivia Questions about North Carolina:

1. The Congaree River and Swamp are named for:
c) A tribe of Indians whose name, Congaree, means, "Scraping bottom."

2. Who was the first European explorer to visit the Conagree Swamp?
b) Hernando de Soto in 1540.

Answers to Trivia Questions about blue herons:

1. The scientific name for the blue heron is ardea herodias. What does it mean?
b) Heron Heron. (Ardea is the Latin word for heron and Herodios is the Greek word for heron.)

2. The oldest Blue Heron on record lived to be:
b) 23 years old.

3. The Blue Heron is also known as:
e) All of the above.

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