North Carolina is a state in the Southeastern United States. It borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west and Virginia to the north. North Carolina is the 28th largest and the 10th most populous of the 50 United States. North Carolina is known as the Tar Heel State, the First in Flight State and The Old North State.
North Carolina's official flag was adopted in 1885. This red, white, and blue flag has a white star, the letters N C around the star (standing for North Carolina), and two yellow scrolls, above and below, bearing dates. The upper date, May 20th, 1775, commemorates the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence
North and South Carolina were one colony until 1729. Carolina was named to honor Charles IX of France and then Charles I and Charles II of England. Carolina is rooted in Latin and comes from the word Caroliinus. This word is derived from the name Carolus, translated as "Charles."
The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is the oldest State University in the United States.
They returned to Kitty Hawk in 1908, when they made the first two-person flights in history.
The Wright brothers became the first international celebrities of the twentieth century.
In central North Carolina, find one-of-a-kind shopping, tee off on one of the state's more than 400 golf courses and experience the "home" of NASCAR.
Many people believe that in 1775 North Carolina became the first colony to declare independence from Great Britain. After the American Revolution, North Carolina became the twelfth state of the Union.
In 1861, North Carolina seceded from the Union and joined the Confederacy in the Civil War. In 1865, North Carolina troops surrendered, leaving the state to be brought back into the Union in 1868.
A thriving "Freedmen's Colony" was established on Roanoke Island as early as February 1862, during the Burnside Expedition and the Union occupation of eastern North Carolina. With the arrival of Federal troops, New Bern became a Mecca for freedom, as thousands of North Carolina slaves sought safety within Union lines.
English colonists, sent by Sir Walter Raleigh, unsuccessfully attempted to settle Roanoke Island in 1585 and 1587. Virginia Dare, born there in 1587, was the first child of English parentage born in America.
Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in Fayetteville on March 7, 1914.
In North Carolina's early years, tar was one of the state's major products. Tar is a dark brown or black sticky liquid created by the decay of organic material such as wood, coal or peat.
One of the original 13 colonies, North Carolina was the first state to instruct its delegates to vote for independence from the British crown during the Continental Congress. Following the Revolutionary War, North Carolina developed an extensive slave plantation system and became a major exporter of cotton and tobacco
North Carolina was the first state to declare independence from England with the Mecklenburg Declaration of 1775.