South Carolina History Lesson ~ What Do the Symbols on Our Flag Mean?

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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 South Carolina State Flagthe tree.  This is actually a Palmetto TreeThis 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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Rainmaker
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Mark Brian
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Now this is the type of post I always enjoy- History! I had wondered and now I know. Now I can say I learned something today!

May 22, 2009 06:49 AM #1
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Liz Loadholt
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Maria & Jim --- I like this post --- the emblem is always a been source of conversation.

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May 22, 2009 06:51 AM #2
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Jim & Maria Hart
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Thanks Mark!  Glad I could help you expand your knowledge for the day :)

May 22, 2009 07:33 AM #3
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Liz: I've actually had quite a few conversations about this as of late, which sparked this post.

May 22, 2009 07:36 AM #4
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Kim Peasley-Parker
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Great post and very informative.  I knew about the Palmetto tree and the protection of the Fort.  Learned that on a cruise to Fort Sumter.  Didn't know about the crescent though.  Thanks for the lesson.

May 22, 2009 11:28 AM #5
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Kim: I knew about the palmettos from history class many years ago.  I've just recently been made aware that the crescent was in fact not a moon.  Thought there would be more out there like me that just didn't know.

May 22, 2009 03:47 PM #6
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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How interesting....so many times we don't stop to simply find out the meaning of things..thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

May 23, 2009 02:43 AM #7
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Kristin: It's one of those things that's just there I guess.  Hope you enjoy your Memorial Weekend, too :)

May 23, 2009 06:05 AM #8
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Jim and Maria,

Always wondered about the crescent. Thanks for the explanation. What about the pineapple? :)

Steve

May 23, 2009 03:41 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Steve: That's easy.  The pineapple is a universal southern symbol of hospitality.  You are welcome wherever you see it around here.

May 24, 2009 05:17 AM #10
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Jake Forbes
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Great history lesson.  I love Charleston! I was in Charleston last weekend visiting my brother and sister, it's a great place. 

May 24, 2009 05:26 AM #11
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Jake: Glad to hear that you had a great visit :)

May 24, 2009 05:38 AM #12
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Michael Johnson
Carolina One Real Estate - Goose Creek, SC
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Love History!  Thanks for the review.  I think our flag is one of the coolest in the union.

May 27, 2009 05:28 AM #13
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Hey, Michael. I would have to agree. I am positive that we have one of the most amazing flags. Take care, Jim

May 27, 2009 06:30 AM #14
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Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
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Thanks for the history lesson.

Should I add a little humor and say that the crescent could also be a baseball cap or sun visor on a bald-headed man?

May 27, 2009 08:57 PM #15
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Jim: Nice one.  Anyone in particular you're thinking of to make tat come to mind?

May 28, 2009 04:26 AM #16
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Great history lesson. Thanks!

The California flag has the California grizzly bear (Ursus californicus) on it. Interestingly, the Califonria grizzly bear was designated the official state animal in 1953, even though the last one had been killed in Tulare County -- Central California at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains with their redwoods and sequoias -- in August 1922.

There's currently a movement to reintroduce them into California.

Jun 02, 2009 09:07 PM #17
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Russel: Interesting.  It makes sense to me to actually have the animal in the state on which it is on the flag.  That's crazy that they were already gone for 30 years before getting flag recognition.  Re-introducing them sounds like a good plan to me.

Jun 03, 2009 06:06 AM #18
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