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"North Carolina, kār-o-li'na, a southern Atlantic state of the American Union, of which it was one of the original thirteen members, bounded N. by Virginia, E. and S.E. by the Atlantic, S. by South Carolina and Georgia, and W. by Tennessee. It lies between 33° 53' and 36° 33' N. lat. and 75°25' and 84° 30' W. lon. Its greatest length, E. and W., is 490 miles; extreme breadth, 185 miles; area, 52,250 square miles...

History.-In 1585 and 1586 Raleigh planted colonies upon Roanoke Island, but the first permanent settlements were made by Virginians near the northern border. In 1663 the province of Carolina was granted by Charles II. The philosopher Locke devised for it a fantastical form of government, with an aristocracy of landgraves and caciques, and for twenty-five years this form of government was to some extent maintained. This part of Carolina was then called Albemarle. Some of the Indian tribes (Corees, Tus caroras, Nottoways, &c., principally of Iroquois stock) attacked the colonists, but in 1712 the greater part were subdued, and the Tuscaroras at once went northward and joined the Five (thenceforward Six) Nations in the New York province. In 1729 North Carolina became a separate royal province. The colony took an early and very strong stand for popular rights, and it is probable that the Mecklenburg Declaration of 1775 was the first assertion of the right of colonial independence. During the war of the Revolution the majority of the people bore their full share of suffering and service in the cause of liberty, but there was a large and active loyalist faction, who carried on a vexatious partisan warfare. The action at Guilford Court House was the most important which took place within the state. In 1861 a state convention, called by an extra session of the legislature in spite of a previous popular vote against the measure, passed an ordinance of secession. The North Carolina troops were distinguished for their valor in the contest which ensued. The most important battles fought in this state during that war were at Roanoke Island, New-Berne, Fort Fisher, Averysborough, and Bentonville. After the war the peace of the state was at one time much disturbed by gangs of armed desperadoes and robbers, who lived in the swamps, and whose haunts were finally broken up by the military. The prosperity of the state has been seriously affected by the unwise financial measures already referred to. In 1889 there was an exodus of negroes who considered themselves oppressed by existing laws and the general attitude of the white population.


The Population in 1790 was 393,751; in 1800, 4$1,103, in 1810, 555,500; in 1820, 638,829; in 1830, 737,987; in 1840, 753,419; in 1850, 869,039; in 1860,992,622, of whom 629,942 were white, 331,059 were slaves, and 30,463 were free colored; in 1870, 1,071,361; in 1880, 1,399,750, of whom 867,242 were white; in 1890, 1,617,947. The people were originally of English stock, with large subsequent additions of Scotch-Irish and Highland-Scotch elements. Presidents Jackson, Polk, and Johnson were natives of this state, and all three were of the Scotch-Irish stock."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott



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  • 1587 - First English colony in North America is established in North Carolina, at Roanoke

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

  • 1705 - First town in North Carolina, Bath, was built


    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nctimeln.htm

  • 1709 - September 3 - 1st major group of Swiss/German colonists reaches NC/SC

    www.onthisday.com

  • News 1752 - October 1 - The second severe hurricane in two weeks hit the Carolinas. The Onslow County Courthouse was destroyed along with all its records, and Beacon Island (NC) disappeared.

    WeatherForYou.com
    October 1, 1752

  • 1776 - North Carolina first state to vote for independence

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nctimeln.htm

  • 1789 - North Carolina admitted to Union as 12th state; University of North Carolina received charter, first public school in U. S.

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nctimeln.htm

  • News 1846 - March 2 - A great storm hit Virginia and the Carolinas. The storm caused half a million dollars damage, and in North Carolina drowned fifty families and a thousand cattle on Notts Island.

    WeatherForYou.com
    March 2, 1846

  • 1853 - First North Carolina state fair held

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nctimeln.htm

  • 1861 - May 20 - North Carolina left Union, voted to "undo" the act that had brought it into the United States, rather than secede

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nctimeln.htm

  • News 1862 - December 30 – The USS Monitor sinks in storm in the Atlantic off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

    www.wikipedia.org
    December 30, 1862

  • News 1877 - April 9 - Oregon Inlet, NC, was widened three quarters of a mile by a nor'easter.

    WeatherForYou.com
    April 9, 1877

  • February 19, 1884 - Severe thunderstorms spawned sixty tornadoes in the southeastern U.S., killing more than 420 persons and causing three million dollars damage. Georgia and the Carolinas hardest were hit in the tornado outbreak.

    WeatherForYou.com

  • 1895 - North Carolina
    North Carolina, kār-o-li'na, a southern Atlantic state of the American Union, of which it was one of the original thirteen members, bounded N. by...Read MORE...


  • News 1899 - August 17 – A Hurricane San Ciriaco makes landfall in North Carolina's Outer Banks, completely destroying the town of Diamond City.

    www.wikipedia.org
    August 17, 1899

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  • 1903 - December 17 – Orville Wright flies an aircraft with a petrol engine at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in the first documented, successful, controlled, powered, heavier-than-air flight.
    THE MACHINE ACTUALLY FLIES
    Successful Trial of Kitty Hawk, N.C., of Wright Brother's Invention.

    NORFOLK, Va., Dec. 18. - A successful trial of a...Read MORE...


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    View from Trust Building, showing Selwyn Hotel, Realty Building, City Hall, Charlotte, N. C. (1911)
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    Gaston Hotel, New Bern, North Carolina
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    Memorial Library, Greenville, N. C.
  • 1954 - Hurricane Hazel struck, 19 people killed, several hundred injured, 15,000 homes destroyed

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View from Trust Building, showing Selwyn Hotel, Realty Building, City Hall, Charlotte, N. C. (1911)

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  • 1587 - First English colony in North America is established in North Carolina, at Roanoke

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
  • 1705 - First town in North Carolina, Bath, was built


    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nctimeln.htm
  • 1709 - September 3 - 1st major group of Swiss/German colonists reaches NC/SC

    www.onthisday.com
  • News  1752 - October 1 - The second severe hurricane in two weeks hit the Carolinas. The Onslow County Courthouse was destroyed along with all its records, and Beacon Island (NC) disappeared.

    WeatherForYou.com
    October 1, 1752
  • 1776 - North Carolina first state to vote for independence

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nctimeln.htm
  • 1789 - North Carolina admitted to Union as 12th state; University of North Carolina received charter, first public school in U. S.

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nctimeln.htm
  • News  1846 - March 2 - A great storm hit Virginia and the Carolinas. The storm caused half a million dollars damage, and in North Carolina drowned fifty families and a thousand cattle on Notts Island.

    WeatherForYou.com
    March 2, 1846
  • 1853 - First North Carolina state fair held

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nctimeln.htm
  • 1861 - May 20 - North Carolina left Union, voted to "undo" the act that had brought it into the United States, rather than secede

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nctimeln.htm
  • News  1862 - December 30 – The USS Monitor sinks in storm in the Atlantic off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

    www.wikipedia.org
    December 30, 1862
  • News  1877 - April 9 - Oregon Inlet, NC, was widened three quarters of a mile by a nor'easter.

    WeatherForYou.com
    April 9, 1877
  • February 19, 1884 - Severe thunderstorms spawned sixty tornadoes in the southeastern U.S., killing more than 420 persons and causing three million dollars damage. Georgia and the Carolinas hardest were hit in the tornado outbreak.

    WeatherForYou.com
  • 1895 - North Carolina
    North Carolina, kār-o-li'na, a southern Atlantic state of the American Union, of which it was one of the original thirteen members, bounded N. by... Read MORE...

  • News  1899 - August 17 – A Hurricane San Ciriaco makes landfall in North Carolina's Outer Banks, completely destroying the town of Diamond City.

    www.wikipedia.org
    August 17, 1899
  • 1903 - December 17 – Orville Wright flies an aircraft with a petrol engine at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in the first documented, successful, controlled, powered, heavier-than-air flight.
    THE MACHINE ACTUALLY FLIES
    Successful Trial of Kitty Hawk, N.C., of Wright Brother's Invention.

    NORFOLK, Va., Dec. 18. - A successful trial of a... Read MORE...

  • 1954 - Hurricane Hazel struck, 19 people killed, several hundred injured, 15,000 homes destroyed

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nctimeln.htm

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