South Carolina, The Palmetto State

South Carolina, The Palmetto State

by Sandra Merville Hart South Carolina’s nickname is the The Palmetto State, which is the state tree. South Carolinians added the sabal palmetto tree, also called the cabbage palmetto, to their flag after seceding from the Union in 1861. South Carolina’s early history England’s King Charles II gave the land between Virginia and Florida to eight of his noblemen in 1663. Charles Town, which is now called Charleston, was built in 1670, but relocated from the west bank of Ashley River to Oyster Point ten years later. The first European settlement in North America In 1526, the first European settlement in North American happened when people from Hispaniola came to the area of South Carolina, but moved to land in Georgia. Many settlers died of fever during the...

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Connecticut, the Constitution State

Connecticut, the Constitution State

by Sandra Merville Hart  Connecticut’s nickname is The Constitution State. Many believe that their state Constitution inspired ideas for the Constitution of the United States. Connecticut’s early history The first settlers who came to Connecticut were Dutch. By the 1630s, settlers from other colonies began moving to the area. In 1639, the colony of Connecticut became our fifth colony. Eli Whitney’s cotton gin Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin. It separated the cottonseed from the cotton fiber, which helped the cotton plantation owners in the southern states. Eli and a business partner manufactured cotton gins. Yale University student changes rugby rules Walter Camp went to Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut from 1876 to 1882. He changed the...

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Connecticut, The Constitution State

Connecticut, The Constitution State

Did you know …   The first settlers who came to Connecticut were Dutch. By the 1630s, settlers from other colonies began moving to the area. In 1639, the colony of Connecticut became our fifth colony. Eli Whitney’s cotton gin Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin. It separated the cottonseed from the cotton fiber, which helped the cotton plantation owners in the southern states. Eli and a business partner manufactured cotton gins. Yale University student changes rugby rules Walter Camp went to Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut from 1876 to 1882. He changed the rules of rugby. The new game became known as football. Connecticut becomes a state After the Revolutionary War ended, Connecticut became a state on January 9, 1788. The capital is...

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