In 1729, South Carolina officially separated from North Carolina. It was the precursor to the Confederacy and the first state to separate from the Union. Other firsts include approving the Articles of the Constitution and instigating the Civil War by its troops firing on Fort Sumter. The state was initially agricultural but has now enjoyed a boom in textile production. However, South Carolina is still a significant producer of corn, peaches, cattle, and turkeys.
The U.S. is home to only two commercial tea plantations, and one is based in the state. Famous residents, past and present, include Eartha Kitt, President Andrew Jackson, Jesse Jackson, Joe Frazier, and Mary-Louise Parker. The state provides good support and resources for budding business owners and a strong business development core.