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America's most tragic conflict ignited at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, when a chain reaction of social, economic and political events exploded into civil war. At the heart of these events was the issue of states rights versus federal authority flowing over the underlying issue of slavery.

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Charleston Harbor South Carolina
Currently, the Charleston Maritime Center has both a deep-water, full-service marina and premiere special events facilities. The marina can accommodate boats up to 180' in length, and offers dockage without the restriction of any overpasses or bridges. The special events facilities at the Maritime Center can house events from 20 to 5000 people.

About Our State
Stunning forested mountains and towering waterfalls, blackwater rivers and scenic inland lakes, white sand beaches and ancient island shores, treasured American historic sites and priceless cultural treasures - With more than 80,000 acres of protected lands from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the sand dunes of the Atlantic, South Carolina State Parks protect some of the most inviting natural, cultural and recreational destinations in the US.

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State Capital: Columbia
Motto: Dum Spiro Spero (While I breathe, I hope)
Nickname: The Palmetto State
Admitted to the Union: May 23, 1788 - the 8th State
Land Area: 31,113 square miles - ranked 40th
Coastline: 187 miles of coastline
Highest Point: Sassafras Mountain - 3,560 feet above sea level
Lowest Point: Sea level on the coastline
Highest Waterfall: Raven Cliff Falls - 400 feet
Population: About 4 million - according to the 2000 Census
South Carolina Borders: Atlantic Ocean, Georgia, North Carolina
Longest River: Savannah River - 238 miles
Oldest College: College of Charleston, est. 1770
Counties: 46 counties
State Parks: 46 state parks
The State Amphibian: Spotted Salamander

How South Carolina Got Its Name: King Charles I of England granted the land on which South Carolina is located to Sir Robert Heath in 1629. The region was named Carolus, a word derived from the Latin form of Charles, in reference to King Charles. His son, King Charles II, changed the spelling of the regions name to Carolina in 1663, when he gave the land to the eight Lords Proprietors. During the 17th century the land to the south, in this grant, came to be called South Carolina and the area to the north, North Carolina . The two sections remained a single colony until they separated in 1710. The name of the land located to the south remained South Carolina.

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Anchorage Inn - Charleston
26 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401
Excellent location, walk to restaurants and downtown historic area

French Quarter Inn Charleston
166 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Luxury hotel
Located across street from City Market

Holiday Inn Riverview
301 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407
14 floors, 181 rooms
Outdoor swimming pool

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The Rutledge Victorian Guest House
Charleston Historic District 114 Rutledge Avenue Charleston, SC 29401

Charlotte Street Cottage
32 Charlotte Street
Charleston SC 29403
only a few blocks stroll to the harbor, dining, antique or specialty stores, museums, and the many other historic homes

Oak Plantation Campground
3540 Savannah Hwy., Charleston, SC 29407
Oak Plantation Campground is just minutes away from Charleston's historic plantations, downtown historic district, shopping, golf and the beaches.Over 250 campsites

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