The first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation in the 18th century, South Carolina was also the first state to vote to secede from the Union in 1860 when it became clear that Abraham Lincoln was to become the next president. Less than a year later the Civil War — and a blockade of Charleston — was underway. The state still faces backlash for embracing its past as several organizations, notably the NCAA, continue a boycott because the Confederate flag hangs on Statehouse grounds (although no longer above the Statehouse itself). Despite the controversy, Charleston remains a tourist destination noted for its friendly, polite and hospitable people as well as its rich history, well-preserved architecture and distinguished restaurants. Golf attracts many a visitor to both the North (Myrtle Beach) and South (Hilton Head Island). In recent years, the Palmetto State has welcomed foreign investment. Nearly 2,000 foreign-owned firms — including a BMW production facility in Spartanburg — operate in the state, employing well over 100,000 residents. The foreign investments topped $1 billion in revenue for the state in 2010.