South Carolina Tricentennial, (woman and palmetto tree) / (scene at Charlestown Landing) - round, bronze, high relief, au. Made by Medallic Art Company. Note that the companion medal was made in Silver struck at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia by order of U.S. Congress. Very attractive medal.Attractive Commemorative Medal with a high relief Engraving of the South Carolina State Seal and the verso depicts another high relief of a ship in Charleston harbor with trees and a Native American Indian in a canoe along the shoreline. The medal weighs 8.9 oz and is in Fine Condition! An historic collectible artifact of the State of South Carolina.
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Early History of the State of South Carolina South Carolina is one of the 13 original colonies of the United States. Part of the South, its history is marked by an enduring attachment to political independence, whether from overseas or federal control. A cornerstone of mercantilism and the slave trade, South Carolina was the first state to declare its secession; the resulting formation of the Confederate States of America started the American Civil War. The proprietary colony of Carolina was first settled at Charles Town (modern day Charleston) in 1670, mostly by immigrants from the British colony of Barbados in the Caribbean. There was discontent with the Lords Proprietors from the earliest years of the colony. Colonists overthrew the proprietors after the Yamasee War of 1715-1717. In 1719 the colony was officially made a crown colony, although the Lords Proprietors held their rights until 1729. Differences between the northern and southern parts of Carolina were recognized during proprietary rule. Separate governors were established for each section. The de facto separation of the two colonies was made official when they were admitted as crown colonies in 1729. South Carolina declared independence from Great Britain and set up its own government on March 15, 1776. It joined the United States by signing the Declaration of Independence. For two years its president was John Rutledge, who became governor. On February 5, 1778, South Carolina became the first state to ratify the first constitution of the U.S., the Articles of Confederation. An 1861 engraving of Fort Sumter before the attack that began the Civil War With the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln, who vowed to prevent slavery's expansion, the voters demanded secession. The state legislature immediately called for elections to a state convention. On December 24, 1860, the convention declared South Carolina had seceded from the Union and was now independent. In February it joined the Confederate States of America. In April 1861 the American Civil War began when Confederate forces attacked the American fort at Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor.
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Centennial and Commemorative Tokens and Medals: South Carolina Tricentennial medallion