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The capital of South Carolina is Columbia.
The 2-Letter Postal Abbreviation / Code for South Carolina: SC
Typical abbreviation for South Carolina: S.C.
The pronunciation of South Carolina:
When the people of South Carolina refer to themselves: 1:
Time Zone: The state of South Carolina is in the Eastern Time (EST/EDT) zone and observes daylight saving time.
Nickname for South Carolina: "The Palmetto State"
State Motto: "Animis Opibusque Parati" (Ready in soul and resource) and "Dum Spiro Spero" (While I breathe, I hope)
State Bird: Carolina Wren (thryothorus ludovicianus)
State Tree: Cabbage Palmetto (sabal palmetto)
State Flower: Yellow Jessamine (gelsemium sempervirens)
State Song: "Carolina" and "South Carolina On My Mind"
Statehood: South Carolina became the 8th state on May 23, 1788. It was the first state to secede from the Union (on Dec 20, 1860) and following the Civil War, it was the 5th Confederate state to be re-admitted (on July 9, 1868).
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