The State Tree: The Sabal Palmetto grows in coastal areas of North and South Carolina, Georgia & Florida. It has played an important part in the history of the state and appears on the state seal as well as the flag.
The State Flag: The white silhouette of the crescent moon and palmetto tree stand in sharp contrast to the midnight blue background. The crescent represents the silver emblem worn on the caps of South Carolina's First and Second Continental Regiments in the Revolutionary War. The palmetto tree was added later to honor the June 28, 1776 patriot victory at a palmetto-log fort on Sullivan's island.
The State Song: "Carolina". The words of the state song are from a poem by Henry Timrod and were set to music by Anne Curtis Burgess.
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.