The SOUTH CAROLINA Portal
The South Carolina Portal
South Carolina is one of the 50 states in the United States, and is located in the Southeast on the East Coast. It was one of the original thirteen colonies and was the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1788. South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union in 1860 and form the Confederate States of America. The capital is Columbia. It is composed of four geographic areas. The lower part of the state is the Coastal Plain, also known as the Lowcountry. The Sandhills region is just west of the coastal plain. The rolling hills of the Piedmont make up the third region. And the fourth is the Upstate region which contains the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Carolina takes the field to the song "2001" at Williams-Brice Stadium, rated the best entrance in college football by The Sporting News.
Williams-Brice Stadium is the home football stadium for the South Carolina Gamecocks, the college football team representing the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. It is located on the corner of George Rogers Boulevard and Bluff Road adjacent to the South Carolina State Fairgrounds and State Farmers Market.
Carolina football teams consistently attract standing-room-only crowds to Williams-Brice Stadium. The atmosphere on game days has been voted "the best" by secsports.com. (See 9/15/05 at .) Unfortunately the team has yet to win the SEC, has gone 4-10 in bowls since 1945, and has never played in a national championship game. Many great athletes have played for the Gamecocks and have become stars in the National Football League. The most famous is Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers. After the retirement of Lou Holtz in 2004, the University hired Steve Spurrier to lead the Gamecock football program.
In addition to serving as the home of the Gamecocks, the stadium has been the site of many concerts, state high school football championships, and various other events. It hosted the annual Palmetto Capital City Classic between Benedict College and Johnson C. Smith University until the last game in 2005.
- Nickname: The Palmetto State
- Capital: Columbia
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Did You Know?
- ... that South Carolina has the highest rate of stroke deaths in the nation.
- ... that South Carolina is the only state in the nation that owns and operates its own school bus fleet.
- ... that the first opera performed in the Americas was performed in Charleston on February 18, 1735.
- ... that the first public museum in the Americas was the Charleston Museum, founded in 1773.
- ... that Monique Coleman who played Taylor McKessie in High School Musical 2 was born in Orangeburg.
- ... that Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish is from Charleston.
- ...that Charleston, South Carolina was the first city in America to have a chamber of commerce in 1773
- ...that Charleston, South Carolina was the first city in America to have a historic preservation society in 1931.
- ...that the first shot of the Civil War was fired in Charleston, South Carolina in 1861
- ...that Charleston, South Carolina was the first city in America to have a public library 1743, a museum 1773, prescription drug store 1780, woman newspaper editor and publisher (Mrs. Elizabeth Timothy) 1739, theater (Dock Street Theatre) 1736, and fire insurance company 1736.
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Francis Marion (February 26, 1732–February 27, 1795) was a lieutenant colonel in the Continental Army and later brigadier general in the South Carolina Militia during the American Revolutionary War. He became known as the "Swamp Fox" for his ability to use decoys and ambushes to disrupt enemy communications, capture supplies, and free prisoners. His use of guerrilla tactics helped set in motion the decline of open battles in the conflict, but early records indicate that he was a sailor before the Revolutionary War.
Marion is considered one of the fathers of modern guerrilla warfare, and is credited in the lineage of the United States Army Rangers.
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