A Native South Carolinian, Joel Poinsett, Is Credited With Introducing The Poinsettia To North America In The 1820s

Over time in popular culture, a number of items have evolved to create a series of worldwide Christmas symbols. The first modern Christmas tree is credited to Germany in the 16th century, while the first trees in America were erected in Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Adorning the outsides of our home with Christmas lights came about in the mid-sixties, when big, bright bulbs were seen lining the eaves of homes. And the poinsettia, also known as the Christmas plant, became a symbol of Christmastime in the 16th century in its native lands now known as Mexico.

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For more brow-raising history tied to South Carolina, keep reading to discover a road in South Carolina that still exists and was ordered built by Charles II of England in the 1600s. The Oldest Road In America, The King’s Highway, Begins In South Carolina.

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