South Carolina State Study

South Carolina MapJoin us for a South Carolina State Study.  Print out this South Carolina Map and using a student atlas label the major cities and natural features of the state.

While you’re kids are working tell them something of the history of South Carolina.


South Carolina was inhabited by  the Yamasee people, but by the time of the European settlements the land was largely uninhabited due probably to a combination of diseases and war along with the migration these disruptive forces brought about.

Englishmen from Barbados first settled the area known as Carolina.  The colony split into two, North Carolina and South Carolina, in 1729 due to political power struggles.  Rice and indigo production as well as trade became the staples of the South Carolina economy.  In 1788 South Carolina ratified the United States Constitution becoming the eighth state.

Snee Farm, South Carolina, was built in the 1750s as a rice and indigo plantation.

Then in 1860 South Carolina became the first state to declare secession from the Union.  The effects of the civil war were devastating for the economy of South Carolina.  Most people lived on small family farms or sharecropped cotton.  Education was abysmal, especially for blacks.

During the early 1900’s thousands of blacks left the south looking for a better life in the northern cities.  Then the economy slowly evolved away from farming and toward education, medicine, industry, and tourism.  The laws of South Carolina including right-to-work, low taxes, and low regulations have attracted businesses from all over the world to headquarter in the state.

South Carolina Map Exploration

Here’s the printable South Carolina Map.  Use a student atlas to find the capital city, other major cities, and waterways and other landmarks.


Fabulous Facts

  • South Carolina has earthquakes several times a year, though they are generally small.  Not all faults lie on the edges of plates.
  • Eliza Lucas Pinckney began the indigo industry of South Carolina in the 1740’s.
  • Lake Murray is inhabited by . . . something.  Sightings of a cross between a snake and a dinosaur have been more or less regular over the years.
  • When tobacco was first introduced in the 1890’s the economy took off making Mullins into a tobacco capital.
  • South Carolina has two state mottoes: Animis opibusque parati (Prepared in mind and resources) and Dum spiro spero (While I breathe, I hope).
  • Mount Pleasant is famous for its sweet grass baskets, a hand made tradition passed down for generations.
  • South Carolina is 92% Christian, most of those being Protestant denominations.
  • The Peachoid, aka the big orange butt in the sky, is a giant peach sculpture just inside the South Carolina border.
  • South Carolina’s Flag is a blue field with a Palmetto tree and a crescent.  Learn what these symbols mean.

Additional Layers

  • One business that recently wanted to move part of their operations to South Carolina was Boeing, a maker of airplanes.  There was a big stink over it.  Look up the issue and talk it over with your kids.
  • Learn about a famous South Carolinian: Francis Marion, Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates, Vanna White, Andrew Jackson, Ronald McNair, John Rutledge, or Charles Townes.
  • Learn about the salt marshes and estuaries of South Carolina.
  • South Carolina regularly suffers from Hurricanes.  Learn more about these storms.

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