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Known as "The Palmetto State" (after the tree, not the bug), South Carolina was among the states represented by the 13 original stars on the U.S. flag. Named by England's King Charles I in 1629 (thanks, Charlie), it was also the site of the first permanent European settlement in the 1670s,

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in what today is Charleston (more thanks to Charlie). With historic roots so deep, and roles so prominently played in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, you might wonder how such a place fits into the changing social and political make-up of the 20th century. But it does, and quite nicely. Like its neighbor Georgia, South Carolina has been at the forefront of the "New South." Charleston, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Columbia have experienced considerable growth in the past decade, as well as increasing economic and cultural diversity. The state continues to be a leading producer of cotton, and in today's quest for more natural products and clothing, this can only be a good thing. More good things await on the shores of Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island, which are big attractions for South Carolina tourists. Poor King Charles; no wonder he was loathe to give up his Carolina.

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