The state flag,
adopted in 1861, bears a palmetto tree and a crescent. The state
seal, authorized in 1776, displays two scenes. In the scene on the
left, a palmetto over a dead oak symbolizes the defense in 1776 of
the palmetto-log fort on Sullivan's Island against the United
Kingdom's oaken ships. On the right, a woman walking on a
sword-covered beach represents hope overcoming danger.
South Carolina is the smallest state in the Deep South region of
the United States. In spite of its size, South Carolina is an
important manufacturing and farming state. It is one of the
leading states in the nation in the manufacture of textiles. South
Carolina also raises one of the largest tobacco crops in the
United States. Most South Carolina workers are employed in service
industries, which include trade, health care, and government.
Tourism is also important to the economy of South Carolina.