Time for a little history lesson.
Have you ever looked at the South Carolina State Flag and wondered what the two images represent? I know I have, but I thought I already knew.
So what do you see? A palm tree and a crescent moon, right? Well, you're half right anyway.
Let's start with the most prominent image of the tree. This is actually a Palmetto Tree. This tree is a sign of strength for South Carolina. It represents the defense of Fort Moultrie, which was constructed of palmetto logs, on Sullivan's Island from British attack in June 28, 1776. The reason the logs protected the fort is because the Palmetto does not have rings like a typical tree. Therefore the cannonballs that were fired on Fort Moultrie did not break through the fort but stayed embedded in the walls.
The second image on the flag is the crescent. When most people look at it they see a crescent moon, but that's not really what it is.
The meaning of the crescent shape actually isn't known for certain. There are two possible things that it could be.
The first option is that it is a gorget, which was the crescent worn on the caps of the South Carolina revolutionary soldiers. This version is actually what most people believe.
The other choice seems to make a lot of sense too, though. In European history, the crescent was a symbol that represented towns founded on the banks of a river loop. Charleston, or Charlestowne, was the founding city of what became South Carolina, and was established on a "loop" of the Ashley River. So the image on the state flag could represent the founding city of Charlestowne.
Unfortunately there is no written record of what the crescent image stands for, but these two options are quite compelling.
Well, that's all for our history lesson for today. I hope you learned something. Class dismissed!
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